Tottenham have unveiled the signing of highly-rated midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18 month loan deal.
Fernandes, who only made his Benfica debut last season, helped the side to the Portuguese title – and has played a total of 53 times for the club, scoring two goals in the Champions League.
Spurs have the option to make the loan permanent at the end of the 18 months, and he becomes Jose Mourinho’s first signing since taking over the club in late November.
The 21-year-old has two senior Portugal caps to his name, and has revealed he will settle in London alongside his family who have already made the move.
“It’s a hard story. My family, they came to London because in Portugal, work is very hard and it’s very difficult to find work,” he told the official Tottenham Hotspur site.
“They did not have a brilliant life but they have a good life here and this is one more motivation for me to be here today. They will help me to settle here.
“For me, it’s one big dream to come to this big club. This is a fantastic challenge that I have accepted and I have to win my challenge.”