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Football-Tottenham signs Croatian international Perisic

Tottenham Hotspur began to strengthen their squad ahead of a Champions League return by signing experienced Croatia international Ivan Perisic on a free transfer on Tuesday. The Premier League club have confirmed the versatile 33-year-old, whose contract with Inter Milan expired at the end of the season, has signed a two-year contract.

Perisic becomes manager Antonio Conte’s first major signing at the end of the season as the north London club prepare for a return to Europe’s top flight after finishing fourth in the Premier League. “I’m really delighted to start with the Spurs family,” Perisic told the club’s website “I really wanted to come here to the Premier League since 2009, when I started in professional football in Belgium, and I can’t wait.”

The move allows Perisic to reunite with Conte who he played with when Inter won the Serie A title in 2020-21. “I can’t wait to see him again. He lives football, every minute, every hour, every day, even when he’s sleeping, I think he’s thinking about football. I love his character and I know he’s going to do great work here.”

Perisic, who can play as a left-back or even in attack, joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 where he won the league and the German Cup in his first season. After a stint at VfL Wolfsburg, he joined Inter in 2015 for whom he played over 200 Serie A games, scoring 49 goals.

He had a season on loan with Bayern Munich in 2019-20 and won the Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup treble. Upon his return to Inter, under Conte, Perisic won the Serie title and that season helped the club win the Coppa Italia. Perisic will need no introduction to England fans, having scored the equalizer for Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals when England were beaten 2-1 after extra time.

He also scored in the final as Croatia lost to France. Perisic has 113 caps for Croatia and scored 32 goals.

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