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Dos Santos: I will play for Spurs next season


Giovani dos Santos has confirmed that he will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season and cited the fact that Juande Ramos being the coach as the main reason.

The 19-year-old told reporters after a friendly between Argentina and Mexico that he had agreed to move to White Hart Lane and had turned down Manchester City.

Barcelona and Tottenham have agreed an initial fee of just $9.3 million for the player that was considered to be one of the hottest prospects at Camp Nou just two years ago.

That figure may rise to $15.6 million depending on clauses being activated in his contract, but the news will be a huge boost for the north London club and its summer rebuilding plans.

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"Next season I will be playing for Tottenham," dos Santos is quoted by Sport as stating, before he went on to claim that the main attraction was the chance to work under Ramos.

Barça is believed to have opted to off-load the youngster after his father and his agent, Pini Zahivi, regularly told the club that he would accept one of the many offers if he was not given a pay rise.

The club demanded that he improve his performances in order to earn that rise and made assurances that his pay would be related to how well he did on the first team.

With more and more clubs showing an interest, dos Santos has now chosen to move to Tottenham after revealing that he did have a number of other options on the table.