Sergio Reguilon’s £27.6million switch from Real Madrid to Tottenham has not received the same attention as Gareth Bale’s return — but it could prove smarter business in the long run.
Reguilon, 23, was widely regarded as one of LaLiga’s best young players while on loan at Sevilla last season and is now ready to take the Premier League by storm.
A left-back by trade, the feisty Spaniard (pictured above) is looking forward to the physical nature of English football.
He said: “I think this will be absolutely different to anything I’ve experienced before.
“The games will be more physical and faster, so I have to adapt and compete.”
Fellow new-boy Bale, 31, believes Reguilon will be a smash hit at Spurs.
The Welshman said: “He’s an exciting, young left-back who is very energetic, loves attacking and has great delivery.
“He’s a great signing and a great addition to the squad. I think everyone will enjoy watching him.”
The rough and tumble of the English top flight will not faze Reguilon, who was chirping at Lionel Messi and calling Luis Suarez a “rabbit” in El Clasico after just a handful of first-team appearances.
When he broke into Real’s line-up during the ill-fated 2018-19 campaign, Reguilon’s grit and determination shone through.
His character during their Champions League exit to Ajax and a difficult end to the league season saw many Madridistas take a liking to the local lad.
But Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real in March 2019 ended any desire he had to make the left-back spot his own.
Reguilon first worked under Zidane while the Frenchman managed the club’s reserve side Real Madrid Castilla and reports suggest the duo endured a cold relationship.
But rather then stew on the situation, the Spaniard used his loan to Sevilla to showcase his attacking capabilities as the club finished fourth in LaLiga and won the Europa League.
And that impressive form cleary caught the eye of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who could opt to use Reguilon as a left wing-back.
Sergio Reguilon facts and stats
Nationality: Spanish (one cap)
Former clubs: Sevilla – loan (38 apps, three goals), Real Madrid (22 apps), UD Logrones – loan (43 apps, seven goals), Real Madrid Castilla (48 apps, two goals)
Transfer fee: £27.6m