Recent Tottenham Hotspur signing Ivan Perisic has, on Monday, provided an insight into his plans to seek out advice over life at the club.
After weeks of rampant speculation surrounding his future, Perisic of course finally brought the rumour mill to a definitive halt upon turning down the advances of Chelsea and more, to put pen to paper on terms with Antonio Conte’s side late last month.
The Croatian has signed a deal through the summer of 2024 in north London, giving rise to a potentially explosive partnership between Perisic and Son Heung-min along Spurs’ left flank.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the transfer of Ivan Perišić.
Welcome to Spurs, Ivan! 💙
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 31, 2022
The talented wide-man follows a further quartet of Croatians to have lined out for Tottenham during the Premier League era, the most celebrated of whom, of course, comes in the form of Luka Modric.
And, if his latest comments are anything to go by, then it appears that such an influence played a central role in Perisic’s eventual decision to commit to the Lilywhites:
“I know Tottenham from 2008, 2009, 2010,” the experienced international explained during an interview with Spurs’ official website on Monday.
“I followed (the team) because a lot of Croatian players played here. Since then, I know something about the club.”
It therefore shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to hear that Perisic has every intention of seeking out the advice of his fellow countrymen, ahead of his debut campaign in north London next time out:
“Charlie (Corluka’s nickname) is also my national team coach now,” the ex-Bayern Munich star continued. “Luka just won his fifth Champions League with Real Madrid. Niko is also a coach in the national team and Stipe is doing some jobs around the national team.
“I have a lot of contact with them and now I’m going to ask them more about the club, the city and I’m sure they’ll help me.”