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GILBERTO'S PRIDE

Posted on 1 February 2008  - 12:00

Gilberto says it will be a real honour to become the first Brazilian to represent Tottenham Hotspur.

Gilberto says it will be a real honour to become the first Brazilian to represent Tottenham Hotspur.

The full-back with 27 caps to his name for the five-times World Cup winners completed his switch from Hertha Berlin to White Hart Lane on Thursday.

Once he makes his debut, Gilberto will be our first Brazilian international in Premier League action – recent Brazilians in the reserve squad including Rodrigo Defendi and Diego Bortolozzo didn’t make that step.

“First of all, for me, it will be a great pleasure to be the first Brazilian footballer to play for Tottenham Hotspur,” smiled the 31-year-old in his new surroundings at Spurs Lodge. “I hope I can help make the team successful in the Premier League.

“It’s a new life for me to come to play in the Premier League and I will do my best for the club, for my new team-mates and friends. I want to play as soon as possible.

“I hope to have success with my new team-mates, to have it quickly and I will be a strong as I can for Tottenham Hotspur.”

Gilberto – who played at the Lane for Brazil in the friendly against Wales in September, 2006 – had a good friend to call for an insight into his new club with Kevin-Prince Boateng taking the same path from Hertha Berlin.

“I’ve spoken to Kevin a couple of times, it was great move for him as well and I played with him for two years at Hertha Berlin. Now I’m here I hope to gel with all my new team-mates and that’s how we can develop as a team.

“I’ve watched Spurs play on TV over the years and always admired them. It is a very big English club and I hope to do well here.”

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