Player happy to leave Barcelona

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Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has completed a season-long loan move to Premier League side Tottenham.

After a season where he struggled for game time, the Barca defender has chosen a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 27-year-old defender has admitted he’s pleased to join Tottenham and work under Antonio Conte.

“I’m very happy to be here, to be in this city, at this club,” Lenglet told the Spurs website.

“I speak with friends, with my family, to take my decision and all the words were very, very good speaking about the club.

“I’m very excited to start the season with my new team-mates, new stadium, new city. For me, all is new, but I’m hungry, I want to play, I want to be the best soccer player to help the team to win trophies and to fight in all the competitions.

“First of all, I want to be a good team-mate, to be a defender who can be strong, aggressive and help the group to win the ball.

“It’s very important first of all to be a good defender, after that, a good player and to help the team.”

Speaking about working under Antonio Conte, he said: “It’s a ‘Mister’ who has won a lot of trophies, he has a lot of experience and for me, it’s a beautiful moment to work with the ‘Mister’ and to learn all he knows about football.”

Asked about his targets for 2022/23, he added: “I would like to play a lot of games, to win, because if you play and you don’t win, you are not happy.

“I want to win a lot of games to be happy, to fight at the height of the classification. It’s a dream, I would like to win a trophy here in Tottenham.”

Lenglet will return to Barcelona after his loan spell, as a purchase option wasn’t included in the deal.