Tottenham’s new £25.7m deal Emerson Royal reveals he NEVER wanted to leave Barcelona, even when bosses told him they had to sell for financial reasons – saying they wanted him from the moment they signed him
- Right-back Emerson Royal was officially unveiled by Tottenham on deadline day
- Emerson, 22, put a five-year deal on paper after a £25.7m fee was agreed
- But now it has been revealed that he never wanted to leave Barcelona this summer
- He admitted to telling the chiefs he wanted to stay but was forced to leave anyway
- Emerson has accused Barcelona hierarchy of leaving him ‘hurt’
Tottenham summer signing Emerson Royal has revealed he never wanted to leave his former club Barcelona, accusing them of wanting him out from the moment they brought him in.
The right-back’s arrival at Spurs was officially announced on the day of the deadline, after a £25.7m fee agreement was swept away, and he’s put a five-year deal on paper.
But shortly after joining his new team, Emerson has now admitted to wanting to stay at Barca – where he was only revealed as a ‘new’ signing on August 2 – and he began to feel ‘hurt’ at the way he was treated. told he would go to the Premier League instead.
Tottenham summer signing Emerson Royal has revealed he never wanted to leave Barcelona
“When I arrived I was sure Barcelona didn’t want to sell me, but seeing what happened I’m sure that when they signed me they already had the idea to sell me,” Emerson said. marca.
After speaking to the hierarchy at Barcelona, Emerson has also said that despite opposing a departure, he was instead forced out with “very good words” for financial reasons.
“I have met the leaders of the club,” he added. “They started telling me that the club’s situation was not good, it was going through a difficult time and it would be better for them to sell.
Barcelona handed Emerson a reveal of their own last month before pushing him out
“I reiterated that my intention was to stay because I had the illusion of playing here and contributing to Barcelona. I knew that if I was in my best shape, I would succeed here.
“I’m smart and there came a time when I realized they were telling me yes or yes to go. They kicked me out with very good words.’
While preparing for training, Emerson first discovered ties to Tottenham, and the 22-year-old found himself packing his bags for England.
“I thought the club wanted me to stay. I played as a starter on Sunday, the next day I woke up and started training slowly,” he said.
Emerson said club chiefs at Barcelona told him he would be sold despite wanting to stay
‘There I started to see that all sorts of things were coming out; that Tottenham was talking to Barcelona, that they almost did it… I didn’t understand what was happening because I didn’t know anything.
In the afternoon the club called me to go to the Ciudad Deportiva because they wanted to speak to me and I already found out that they wanted to sell me.’
Emerson was part of the Barcelona first team from August 2 to 31 this season. He had returned to the club after a three-season loan spell with Real Betis, where he excelled under Manuel Pellegrini.
Barcelona has deposited £25.7million for Emerson’s departure to North London
Now at Spurs, he will compete with Matt Doherty and the promising youngster Japhet Tanganga as right-back.
Announcing the signing, a statement from Tottenham said: “We are pleased to announce the signing of Emerson Royal from Barcelona, subject to international approval and work permit.
“The right-back has signed a contract with us until 2026 and will wear the number 12 shirt.”