CLINTON NJIE:”I was determined to join Tottenham.”

Njie, who signed a five-year deal and becameMauricio Pochettino’s fifth signing of the summer window, said Arsenal contacted his agent but he wasn’t interested in going to the Emirates.

“I was never scared that my transfer to Tottenham would not be confirmed,” Njie told French newspaper L’Equipe. “I never spoke to Arsenal representatives on the phone, they simply contacted my agent. My choice was made, I was determined to join Tottenham.”

In his first interview since his £12 million move from Lyon to White Hart Lane was confirmed on Saturday, Njie said that he’s excited to work with coach Pochettino.

“Here, I will be working under Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who plays youngsters and allows them to progress,” he said.

“On Thursday, after I arrived in London and had my medical tests, he welcomed me, with the president Daniel Levy, to tell me that he hoped I would be available as quickly as possible. When I arrived in Europe, it was an aim and a dream to play one day in the Premier League.”

Cameroon international Njie admitted that signing for a Premier League club at the age of 22 has come earlier in his career than he expected.

Tottenham's new signings Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Clinton Njie, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer pose for photographers before the game
Tottenham’s new signings Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Clinton Njie, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer pose for photographers before the game – Reuters

“No, I didn’t think it would come as quickly as it has. After that, Lyon wanted the transfer… Tottenham showed themselves to be insistent and it is the club who had the strongest interest.

“When I first arrived in France, I didn’t speak the language and it was a bit difficult. But I managed to adapt. I fought to learn. Today, I am proud of myself and the progress I have made.”

Tottenham are hoping that Njie will have received international clearance in time to make his debut at Leicester City on Saturday.

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