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Paratici: Pape Matar Sarr is ‘one of the most talented in Europe’


Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici believes they have secured the signing of “one of the most talented in Europe” in Pape Matar Sarr.

Spurs beat off competition from clubs across the continent to sign the 18-year-old defensive midfielder and Paratici hopes he is a star of the future.

Sarr joined Tottenham from Metz last month and will remain with the Ligue 1 club on loan for the rest of the season.

Already capped twice by Senegal, Sarr is highly rated and Paratici said: “I think Pape is one of the most talented in Europe.

“Our job is not to look just at tomorrow, but maybe also past tomorrow or next year. I think we made a great signing. In all of Europe they speak about this, a lot of teams were interested, a lot of teams were there to sign (him), so we made a very good signing.

“He needs experience, he needs to play games, to stay in one team and play regularly – a great investment for the Club, and a great vision for the future.”

Spurs also signed Bryan Gil, Cristian Romero, Pierluigi Gollini and Emerson Royal over the summer.

Reflecting on their business in transfer window, Paratici said: “The window was hard for everybody. The pandemic affected a lot this kind of market.

“We had an objective, a target, to renew the team. Young players, young talent with big potential and their hope is to win something with Tottenham – to win something with this great team.

“We have here a lot of players who, in my opinion, are big players that in the last two seasons have not been at their level of performance.

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“So, our target, when me, Nuno and Steve (Hitchin, technical performance director) met, was to reinvigorate the team, give more discipline, give more work in terms of physical work, more organisation, and Nuno did this kind of job very well.”

Paratici has also hailed Nuno Espirito Santo for his impact at Spurs.

The Italian said: “He’s doing a great job rebuilding the team, rebuilding the environment.

“It’s so important to be committed and focussed on this, because it’s so important for the players’ feeling.”

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