Moussa Sissoko says the Champions League was one of the big factors why he chose Spurs over Everton on transfer deadline day.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane all summer after making it clear he wanted to leave Newcastle United following their relegation to the Championship.
However, protracted negotiations over the fee for the France international allowed Everton to sneak in and it looked at one point on Wednesday that he would be heading to Merseyside until Spurs agreed to pay Newcastle’s £30million asking price.
The energetic midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with Tottenham and says he cannot wait to achieve a career goal by playing in the Champions League.
Sissoko, who may have work to do to win over Tottenham fans, having reportedly spoken in previous interviews about his love for his new team’s north London rivals Arsenal, said he was delighted to join Spurs.
“I’m very happy, very proud to be here,” he said on tottenhamhotspur.com.
“I am in the prime of my career and I want to play for a big team. I have the chance now with Tottenham so I’m looking forward and I hope we will do well in the Premier League and in the Champions League also.
“I’ve said a lot of times that I want to play in the Champions League so that’s one of the reasons why I came here – to have the possibility and the chance to play this year.
“I will fight every day at the training ground and then in the games and give my best for this team. I hope we will all do well together.”
Sissoko joins up with France captain Hugo Lloris at White Hart Lane.
“He’s a good friend for me,” the midfielder added. “When we are with the national team we speak a lot, we laugh a lot. He’s a great player and when he spoke to me about this club he told me that it’s amazing and everything is here for me to play some good games and to fight with the best teams in England.
“I’m happy and he’s happy because we will play together in the Premier League.”