The 19-year-old Argentinian youth international has arrived on a contract until 2022 and immediately spoke of his admiration for the Club’s philosophies, revealing that he’s been inspired by the success of a number of young players here in recent seasons…
Welcome to Spurs, Juan! How do you feel about joining the Club?
Juan: “I really like this club. I've always followed it since I was a boy. I really like the league, too, and now I'm going to try to make the most of this opportunity. It's a club that believes in young players and I'm very pleased to be here.”
How much do you know about the Club and the current squad that we have here?
Juan: “I know the Club has great history and is one of the biggest clubs in England. I'm very happy to be here, it's a dream for me. I also know that many young players are in the team at the moment. I think there's a wonderful project here.”
Are you aware of the Argentine influence here at Spurs over the years, dating back to when Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa signed after winning the World Cup in 1978?
Juan: “Ardiles and Villa were great players and I know they gave so much for this club. Erik Lamela has been here for quite a while and has been doing really well, now Paulo Gazzaniga is here too and both he and I are going to try to make the most of this opportunity. We'll do everything possible. The fact that the coaching staff speak our language, Spanish, also helps but we also know that we need to speak English, which is in our heads.”
Tell us a bit about yourself; what was it like growing up in Argentina and at what age did you start to realise that you could become a professional footballer?
Juan: “I'm a relaxed person. I'm a family guy and I enjoy spending time with my friends and my girlfriend. I've dreamt of becoming a footballer since I was little and I thank God that dream has come true. I'm fulfilling my dream, even more so because I'm here at Spurs. It's a wonderful thing which doesn't happen to everyone so I'm going to enjoy it and try to give my best for the team.”
How do you feel about the change of lifestyle that’s in store for you in London now?
Juan: “The club that I played for in Argentina (Estudiantes) treated me very well. When I started out at 11, I realised I could become a professional footballer. I recently reached the top flight and played in a few competitive games. Now it's all changed and I'm here at Tottenham. It's a great club, just like Estudiantes and I'm really going to enjoy it here.”
In your own words, how would you describe your playing style?
Juan: “I believe my style of play is about bringing the ball out and keeping it on the floor. I like individual duels and players taking me on. I'm also fast, so that's what I think I'm going to contribute to the team.”
How do you feel about the potential of playing in the Premier League and the Champions League?
Juan: “I think the Premier League is one of the best in the world. It’s my favourite league – fantastic and one-of-a-kind. The same goes for the Champions League, one of the most important cup competitions in the world. Having the opportunity to play in both competitions would be like nothing else.”
And finally, Juan, what are your hopes and targets for this season?
Juan: “First of all I want to settle in London. After that, I want to earn my place in the team by training hard every day in order for the coach to consider me for selection.”