Portuguese midfielder Gedson Fernandes has signed an 18-month loan deal with Tottenham Hotspur, joining from Benfica until 2021 with a view to a permanent move.

The Seleção international will wear the no 30 shirt for the North London club, where he will find compatriot José Mourinho as his new boss, and told the club’s website he was delighted to be making the switch to the Premier League.

“I’m very happy to be here today – I make my dream a reality,” said the 21-year-old. “For me, it’s one big dream to come to this big club. I will try to give my best for the club every day, in every training session and in every game and I will try to help the team wherever I can, working hard every day for this shirt.

“I have no words to say about the stadium. I’ve never seen anything like this – it’s unbelievable! The training ground is fantastic too, the people that I’ve met today are fantastic.

“I know the squad because I’ve watched some games, I have some references like Moussa Sissoko, I know a little bit about Eric Dier because he played in Portugal and I know the coach (Jose Mourinho) because he’s a big coach – I know about the staff (Assistant Head Coach João Sacramento and Goalkeeper Coach Nuno Santos) a little bit as well because one of my friends last year played at (their former club) Lille, so he spoke with me a little bit about the staff.

“This is a fantastic challenge that I have accepted and I have to win my challenge. I want to make good things – let’s see!”

London ready

Gedson seemingly has little to worry about in terms of adaptation to the English capital, with his family already living in London. With a Portuguese boss at the helm, everything appears to be in place for the midfielder to fit into his new surroundings.

“It’s a hard story,” he told the club’s media. “My family, they came to London because in Portugal, work is very hard and it’s very difficult to find work. They did not have a brilliant life but they have a good life here and this is one more motivation for me to be here today. Yes, they will help me to settle here.”

“I have to focus on my job and try to do my best. All young players want to work with José Mourinho because he’s one of the best – all of us as players want to stay near the best, so it’s fantastic to work with him.

“The Premier League is a different competition – every player in the world wants to play in the Premier League. For me, it’s one more motivation because I always dreamed of playing in this league and now let’s make my dream come true. I think we’re going to do fantastic things because this is a fantastic club.”

Tottenham’s next match and Gedson’s potential debut comes with a trip to in-form Watford on Saturday lunchtime. Mourinho’s men have struggled for form in the Premier League of late, with just one win from their last five matches.

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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I'm disappointed to see Gedson go, as I'm a big fan of his and think he's one of the biggest talents to have come out of Seixal in recent years. Especially as he will be gone next season too and Spurs even have the option to buy him outright...

I'm disappointed to see Gedson go, as I'm a big fan of his and think he's one of the biggest talents to have come out of Seixal in recent years. Especially as he will be gone next season too and Spurs even have the option to buy him outright after the loan period.

I don't really understand this decision from the club, LFV is always talking about wanting to see a team of purely "made in Seixal" talent...yet most of the best talent continues to get quickly sold off. And this time it wasn't even a case of a team paying and meeting a whopping release clause (like Renato and Felix for e.g)...but loaning him out?

Gedson hasn't looked the same player this season after his long injury lay-off, that's true for sure. He did look a little out of sorts in the few games he played this season and didn't seem to have impressed Lage, and with the great current form of both Gabriel and Taraabt, he had to be content on the bench for the moment. But on the other hand, we still have half a season left to play and we are fighting on three fronts. Injuries and suspensions happen, and I still think Gedson could have been very useful to the squad this season. Oh well, this is how it goes in football! I wish him the best in his new adventure, but I also hope he ends up back at SLB, because he's a major talent with loads of potential.

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It's great to see another Portuguese youth prospect playing in the English Premier League.

How much is he going to cost when Tottenham decides to sign him permanently?

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Let's see how it goes. He's a young man, that'll need to produce for an up and coming team in the EPL. We've seen it's not the easiest transition. Also Mourinho's track record of developing young talent isn't that great.

We'll see where...

Let's see how it goes. He's a young man, that'll need to produce for an up and coming team in the EPL. We've seen it's not the easiest transition. Also Mourinho's track record of developing young talent isn't that great.

We'll see where Fernandes is in 3-4 years when Mourinho has gone onto his next project.

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Gedson is an overrated young Portuguese talent who at 21 who has not demonstrated any consistent qualities to be a world class player. He was a major disappointment at the U-20 WC giving up the ball cheaply and lacking any impact at acompetition...

Gedson is an overrated young Portuguese talent who at 21 who has not demonstrated any consistent qualities to be a world class player. He was a major disappointment at the U-20 WC giving up the ball cheaply and lacking any impact at acompetition where if he is anything special he should perform. He had a promising spell early at Benfica, now in regression.

He couldn't perform in the Portuguese League how will he fare in the EPL? Hope I am wrong as I root for all young Portuguese players to reach their potential for their sake and Portugal football prowess. His track record does not bode well for future success.

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