Sergio Reguilon claims “world-class manager” Jose Mourinho played a big part in his decision to shun interest from elsewhere and swap life at Real Madrid for that in north London with Tottenham.

His stock had soared on the back of a productive loan spell at Sevilla in 2019-20 which presented him with a shop window to the world.

Various clubs expressed interest in taking Reguilon off Real’s hands on a permanent basis, with Spurs eventually emerging victorious as the talented 23-year-old embraced the opportunity to work with Mourinho.

“He is a world-class manager and he was very important in my decision to come,” Reguilon told Sky Sports.

Spurs faced plenty of competition when it came to securing a much sought-after signature and pulled off quite the coup in bringing a Spain international onto their books.

“There was a broad market but as soon as I heard of Tottenham’s interest, it was simple,” Reguilon added.

“It was a big deal to leave my country, my league and my family, but it has worked out well.

“Since I arrived here, the truth is the club has surprised me in a very good way. The training facilities, my team-mates, everything. The stadium is insane. I have really enjoyed it so far.”

While looking to make his mark at Tottenham, Reguilon admits that he has a lot to thank Real for – despite making only 22 senior appearances for the club.

“Real Madrid is the club where I was made, the club where I grew up, and I would be nothing without them,” he said.

“Leaving was a difficult step to take but it’s one you have to take at one point or another and, for me, I think it was the right time. It’s tough to leave your family and everything, but this league, for me, is the best in the world and I am very happy here. Now I just want to focus on trying to help this club win trophies.”

Reguilon has been joined in north London by a familiar face, with Gareth Bale completing a season-long loan move to Spurs from Madrid, and the promising defender is confident that the right pieces are being gathered to deliver tangible success.

He added: “I spoke with Bale when I was in Madrid.

“He told me what it was like at Tottenham. It was helpful for me to come here with someone who was already a team-mate. I could ask him things, like how certain things were going to work.

“The truth is he helped me a lot and so have the others. Since the first day, all my team-mates have welcomed me very nicely. They are always coming to me asking if there’s anything I need, or if there’s anything they can do, and they have helped me on the pitch too.

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