Tot­ten­ham sign Fer­nan­des on 18-month loan deal

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Tot­ten­ham have signed mid­fielder Ged­son Fer­nan­des on loan from Ben­fica for 18 months.

The 21-year-old made his de­but for Ben­fica last sea­son and Spurs have the op­tion to make his sign­ing per­ma­nent at the end of the loan pe­riod.

Fer­nan­des won the Por­tuguese ti­tle with Ben­fica last sea­son and has played 53 times for the club, scoring two goals in the Cham­pi­ons League.

He is Tot­ten­ham’s first sign­ing since man­ager jose Mour­inho took charge.

Fer­nan­des, who has two caps for Por­tu­gal, said he will set­tle in Lon­don along­side fam­ily who have al­ready made the move.

“It’s a hard story. My fam­ily, they came to Lon­don be­cause in Por­tu­gal, work is very hard and it’s very dif­fi­cult to find work,” said Fer­nan­des.

“They did not have a bril­liant life but they have a good life here and this is one more mo­ti­va­tion for me to be here to­day. They will help me to set­tle here.

“For me, it’s one big dream to come to this big club. This is a fan­tas­tic chal­lenge that I have ac­cepted and I have to win my chal­lenge.”

•Fer­nan­des

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