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Here's Gio!

Extracts from Giovani Dos Santos' exclusive interview in the lastest issue of hotspur...

Giovani Dos Santos is the main interview in the October issue of hotspur, the Club's official monthly magazine, in stores now.

The Mexican international joined from Barcelona in the summer and has already made an impression on his new fans with some scintillating performances during pre-season.

‘Gio' tells hotspur a bit about his background and the football family from which he hails, saying: "With my dad and my two brothers being players, it's very much a football family, so it was inevitable that I would end up in the game.

"I always watched my dad when I was younger. He's the one I saw when I was a kid, he was the one I looked up to and he's been my trainer all the way - he taught me how to play football. He had a very good career in Mexico so he's very well known. But he had a lot of luck to have three boys that have all turned out to be professionals."

It was his father's own football academy in Monterrey which gave Gio his first taste of the game before he was snapped up by European giants Barca at the tender of age of 12.

As the now 19-year-old explains: "I was still only very young and it's difficult to make a choice that big when you are only 12. But we decided that it was too good an opportunity, so my family and I moved over there.

"On a basic level of learning about both football and life in general, it was a great place to be. They taught me a lot about what I needed to do to make it as a footballer. You obviously have to be a very good player, but you also need a lot of fight and a lot of drive as that's what keeps you going."

Six years later, he was to make his first team debut for the Catalans. "That was a big moment for me," he says. "I came on for Thierry Henry in the second-half of a league game against Bilbao at the Nou Camp.

"Was I nervous? Very! I was only 18 and I was playing for the first team of one of the biggest clubs in the world. But it was also like a dream come true to have come all the way from a place like Mexico and to find myself playing for Barcelona's first team!"

Now he is already embarking on the latest chapter of his exciting young career with a move to the English Premier League with Spurs.

"I'm looking for opportunities to grow as a player and I saw Spurs as the kind of place where I could really develop," says Gio. "I did have other offers, but Spurs was the club I keenly wanted to come to because I know this team is really developing. I believe this club has a big, big future and I want to play my part in that. Now I'm here, I'm really happy."

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