Pedro Mendes admits that he wasn't anticipating a switch from European champions Porto this summer, but reports he is happy to play his part in what he describes as a big step in Tottenham's history.
It has certainly been a busy couple of days at the Club, with Frank Arnesen, Jacques Santini, Martin Jol and Dominique Cuperly starting work, along with the capture - subject to medical - of midfielder Sean Davis from Fulham.
So with a new era being swiftly ushered in at Spurs, the 25-year-old hopes he can contribute to a successful chapter in the history book.
"I'm very pleased to be here," reacted the midfielder at Spurs Lodge this afternoon. "It's quite a sudden move, I wasn't expecting this change but I'm very happy to be here and I'm looking forward to a good career at Tottenham and helping the club to success.
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"I know a little about Tottenham and I think it's a great club and the people who work here are very good, so I’m pleased. There are a lot of new people here now, this is a big step in Tottenham’s history and I’m happy to be a part of it."
The Portuguese international describes himself as an all-round midfielder and says he is looking forward to sampling Premiership combat for the first time.
"The Premier League is a championship I like very much and I’m anxious to start playing in it. I’m a central midfielder - defensive and attacking - I like to think I’m quite an all-round midfielder.
"Now I’m anxious to start pre-season, to start training with my new team-mates and to get to know them. I’m really looking forward to the challenge."
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