Jose Mourinho hails Tottenham’s ‘incredible’ transfer company after signing Hojbjerg and Hart


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has called the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart an “incredible” deal for the club.

Midfielder Hojbjerg signed from Southampton for £ 20million last week, while goalkeeper Hart joined a free transfer following his release from Burnley.

Both men made their debuts for Spurs in the friendly 3-0 victory over Ipswich at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Hojbjerg playing 63 minutes and Hart 30.

Jose Mourinho called Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg signing an ‘incredible’ undertaking for Spurs

Hojbjerg and colleague Joe Hart made their Tottenham debut against Ipswich

Hojbjerg and his partner Joe Hart made their Tottenham debut against Ipswich

Mourinho was particularly impressed with chairman Daniel Levy for welcoming Danish international Hojbjerg, 25, to the club for a relatively small fee.

“The club have found the moment to do it very smartly,” Mourinho said on Spurs TV.

“It was the last year of the contract for Pierre, his club were in a difficult situation in terms of negotiations, so I think Mr. Levy did an incredible job to ensure that we have such a good player for us. “

Hart, 33, has signed a two-year contract and although he starts behind Hugo Lloris in the pecking order, Spurs’ hectic game list will give him plenty of playing time with compatriot Paulo Gazzaniga.

Mourinho was particularly impressed to see Hojbjerg signing for a relatively modest £ 20million

Mourinho was particularly impressed to see Hojbjerg sign for a relatively modest £ 20million

“I think the club have done incredible things in both cases because they are going to make our team stronger,” added Mourinho.

“Bringing Joe, 75 caps for England and lost experience is great protection for us to have three goalkeepers.

“All the internationals for their country, all the good goalkeepers, you can sleep well because for the injuries or the problems we have, we have three good goalkeepers.

“With some of the crazy matches that we’re going to have, playing all the competitions, the Carabao Cup at the same time as the Europa League and the Premier League, even goalkeepers can’t play all the matches, so that’s a very, very good deal for us. “

The north London team beat Ipswich in Ligue 1 thanks to a brace from Son Heung-min

The north London team beat Ipswich in Ligue 1 thanks to a brace from Son Heung-min

Spurs won the game against their Ligue 1 opponents with three goals in the first 30 minutes, with the opener from Ryan Sessegnon followed by a brace for Son Heung-min.

Mourinho’s men were not at their peak for the game, with Harry Kane in quarantine after his vacation in the Bahamas and a number of other first-team regulars training at the club’s base in Enfield.

Mourinho, often criticized for his reluctance to give youth a chance, gave 16-year-old duo Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett playing time in the second half.

“We have seen good things, we have given the opportunity to some young players to play and some of them really very young,” he added.

Alfie was playing for the Wigan Under-16s a few months ago and Scarlett is 16 – closer to 15 than 17.

Son's brace was preceded by Ryan Sessegnon's first game

They scored three goals in 30 minutes, with Ryan Sessegnon (left) scoring the first goal

“I think it was overall good and we managed to keep the players from playing 90 minutes, which is too premature in this first week of pre-season.

“Ipswich is in Ligue 1 but they have been training for a few weeks, they played with two teams, so they kept the intensity in the game, so I think it was good. “

Tottenham’s next friendly will be on Friday against Reading on the Championship side.


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