Giovani Lo Celso says he is looking to emulate the success of Tottenham’s famous Argentinians, but has distanced himself from comparisons with Christian Eriksen.
The Argentina international completed a permanent move to the north London side during the January transfer window, having initially joined on a season-long loan deal from Real Betis last summer.
After a slow and injury-interrupted start to life in the Premier League, Lo Celso has grown in influence under Jose Mourinho in recent weeks as he bids to establish himself as the key playmaker in the Spurs side.
The 23-year-old is the latest Argentine to represent the club, and says he is keen to continue the ‘tradition’ of successful South American stars to have made an impression during their time as a Tottenham player.
“There have been many Argentinians in the past at Tottenham and they have left a great imprint on the club here,” Lo Celso told The Guardian.
“The fans still talk about [Ossie] Ardiles and [Ricky] Villa and, of course, Mauricio Pochettino carried that on for so many years. Now it’s up to us to continue this tradition.”
Lo Celso’ signing was viewed by many as the natural successor to Christian Eriksen, the Danish international having informed Spurs of his desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge.
The 27-year-old would get his wish with a January move to Inter Milan, though Lo Celso is keen to avoid any comparisons with his former teammate as he looks to fill the role of playmaker in Mourinho’s new-look side.
“Christian is a great player and I have seen that through the months I have spent with him here,” he said. “But at the end of the day the club and Eriksen both came to a decision that it was right for a change. So I try not to compare myself to him.”