Matt Doherty has revealed that Jose Mourinho was heavily pitching the club to him, before he joined Tottenham earlier this summer. The Republic of Ireland international clinched a shock transfer earlier this summer, leaving Wolves in a £15million deal.
Jorge Mendes brokered the transfer that saw him link up with Mourinho, replacing Serge Aurier as Spurs’ first choice, right-back.
The move came as a surprise to many neutrals, after two hugely impressive seasons under Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux.
But Doherty has admitted that as soon as he discovered the interest from Spurs, he was keen to make the move.
Despite that, Mourinho still did his best to ensure he landed one of his transfer priorities.
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“I don’t think the club needing selling necessarily,” Doherty told Football.London. “Once I knew there was interest, it was pretty straightforward that I wanted to come to Tottenham and play for Tottenham this season.
“Fortunately for me, it’s managed to happen, but we were just talking and he would send me a video of the changing room saying ‘the changing room is waiting for you’ and stuff like that.
“He sent me a picture of the top. Just nice little things like that, that he didn’t have to do.
“I have to say the club’s been exceptional since I’ve been here. Not just him but general staff.
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“From the outside, you just see the interviews, see him in the media and on the sidelines. But you don’t know him, you don’t realise the sense of humour that he has, the bond that he has with his players. In terms of that, I was pleasantly surprised.”
On the international front, Doherty believes he will need to “step up his game” to ensure regular playing time over Seamus Coleman.
“I’ve settled in really well. I absolutely love it here,” he added. “I’ve been down here a month now and I couldn’t be happier with the move I’ve made. Things are going really well.
“I don’t think that being at a bigger club than Wolves will necessarily guarantee I play.
“It’s probably a 50-50 over who players. I know he’s in pretty good form at the moment so I might need to up my game over the next couple of days.”
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Meanwhile, Mourinho is confident of signing another striker before the transfer window closes on October 5.
Benfica forward Carlos Vinicius has been heavily linked, with Spurs desperate for additional firepower behind skipper Harry Kane.
“I am optimistic, but more than that the feeling that I like is that we are trying everything to do it,” he said.
“I like the feeling that my club is trying to do everything for us and for the team, that’s the most important thing for me.
“If we succeed then great – I believe so – but if we don’t then that’s football.”
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