Jos Mourinho Reveals Spurs Will Sign Giovani Lo Celso & Blasts Inter Over Christian Eriksen Deal

​Tottenham manager José Mourinho has confirmed the club intend to sign midfielder Giovani Lo Celso permanently in the near future.

After a slow start to life in England, the 23-year-old has blossomed into a star player under Mourinho and produced one of his finest performances of the season so far in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton.

As part of his season-long loan from Real Betis, Spurs have the option to sign Lo Celso permanently for £27m in January or £34m in the summer. Speaking after Saturday's game (via the Evening Standard), Mourinho confirmed the club will trigger that option.

Giovani Lo Celso

"I think the boy is earning the decision [to sign him]. He's making an easy decision for the club to execute the option," Mourinho said.

"Incredible evolution since I arrived. Barely played a game, I think he played against Red Star Belgrade, with me a little bit difficult to come in the first few weeks.

"But he understood what we wanted. Good learner, good kid. By himself he made the decision that the club is going to execute the option. That's normal, he earned it."

Mourinho did not reveal whether Spurs will activate the option to sign him in January or wait until the summer, but it seems fairly obvious that the club would prefer to do the deal now while his price is cheaper.

Lo Celso's improvement comes with fellow midfielder ​Christian Eriksen on the verge of leaving to join ​Inter. The Dane has been in talks over the move for the entirety of January, but Inter have only decided to meet Spurs' asking price now.

Christian Eriksen

Mourinho admitted (via ​BBC Sport) he was unhappy with the timing of the deal, blaming Inter for the delay.

"Tottenham is the last one to blame for this situation. I just want to say that this situation shouldn't happen on 25 January," he added.

"The only thing I can say is Eriksen, since I arrive, he is behaving in a very, very professional way, with me and the team. But to be on 25 January in a situation like this is not nice."

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Source : 90min