Richarlison has revealed a phone call from Antonio Conte proved imperative when deciding whether to join Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea this summer. The Brazilian forward has enjoyed a promising start to life in north London with Spurs after forcing his way into the Italian’s starting XI with a two-goal Champions League showing against Marseille.
However, after holding talks with Conte, Richarlison felt his decision was very straightforward.
“Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest. I signed the contract during my holiday in the Pantanal [a region in Brazil].”
Upon signing on the dotted line, Richarlison wasted no time in boosting his popularity levels amongst Tottenham’s fan base.
The South American has never been one to shirk a physical battle since arriving in the Premier League, while he has also been involved in several notable on-field confrontations.
He will take huge inspiration from his impressive cameo from the bench at Chelsea, another club that looked at signing him, when he helped force Tottenham back into the game to earn a late point at Stamford Bridge.