Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has told the London Evening Standard that it feels like new signing Fernando Llorente has been with the club for some time.
Spurs head into tonight's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund with real confidence having beaten Everton 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, with manager Mauricio Pochettino now looking to pick up a rare win at Wembley tonight.
After a slow start to the transfer window, Tottenham did end up with five new faces in through the door, with Davinson Sanchez already showing real promise since making his move from Ajax.
On deadline day, Spurs not only signed right back Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain, but also added striker Fernando Llorente from Swansea City, landing the Spaniard as cover and competition for Harry Kane.
Llorente somewhat breaks the mould of a Tottenham signing under Mauricio Pochettino; rather than landing a young player with potential, as Spurs usually do, they have brought in an experienced striker with a track record of success, given that 32-year-old Llorente – who scored 15 times last season – has won Serie A, the World Cup and European Championships in recent years.
Llorente could make his Tottenham debut against Borussia Dortmund this evening, and his new team-mate Hugo Lloris has hailed the Spaniard already.
Lloris has told the London Evening Standard that he thinks Llorente is a 'great man', and it feels like he has been a part of the Tottenham squad for some time, rather than just under two weeks.
The French international added that Llorente signed for Spurs because he believes in the club's project and can really help the young players, providing experience and a winning mentality whilst giving a 'new edge' to the Spurs squad.
“Fernando is a great man,” said Lloris. “From the beginning, it’s like he’s been here for a while. He’s very respectful and you can feel that he is here to be involved, to help the team reach something. There is a real project at Tottenham and if he signed for us it’s because he believes in it. He’s going to bring a lot to a young team.”
“He is a World Cup winner, a Euro 2012 winner, he’s got a lot of experience for Juventus and he had a great season with Swansea - he helped save them [from relegation]. The new players are going to bring a new edge to the squad and this is what we needed... it’s like a second wind. It’s never easy in July and August when you start competing and the market is still open. There are a lot of rumours and it can affect the team. Now everything is perfect,” he added.