Richarlison has revealed he has joined Tottenham from Everton this summer due to a ‘lack of ambition’ from the Goodison Park club.
After four Premier League seasons with the Toffees, the Brazilian striker joined Antonio Contes Spurs for £60m this summer, signing a five-year deal with the north London club.
The Brazil international had achieved iconic status at Merseyside after consistently delivering crucial performances and in an interview with FourFourTwo he explained how difficult it was to leave the club that held him in such high esteem.
“It’s always a difficult decision when you have such strong ties to your club and that was definitely the case for me,” Richarlison said.
“I was happy at Everton and am grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history.’
Despite the difficulties he faced when deciding to leave Everton, the 25-year-old explained that he felt the club were still a long way from returning to their former glory.
“Maybe they are suffering from a lack of ambition these days. You know, that eagerness to win games and trophies. I spent four years there and I could see that there is still a very long way to go to achieve great things.
“I felt it was the right time to move on and the club needed to make some money too. It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge at Spurs.”
The Brazil international opened up about Everton’s struggles last season when Frank Lampard’s side narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight.
“It’s been a very stressful season to be honest. We had a lot of injuries and the squad wasn’t big enough to deal with them.
“Personally, I also had some problems. As soon as the previous Premier League season was over, I played in the Copa America, then the Olympics, and then the Premier League started again. I didn’t have a break and picked up a couple of injuries during the season.”
Richarlison made 152 appearances in all competitions during his four years at Goodison Park, scoring 53 goals.
Since joining Spurs this summer, he has mainly been used in a rotational role by Antonio Conte so far this season, with four of his five Premier League appearances coming off the bench.
However, the former Watford star showed he still has the finishing skills that so adored him at Everton as he scored a brace against Marseille in Spurs’ opener in the Champions League.