Richarlison speaks out on his future after being linked with Tottenham exit

richarlison speaks out on his future after being linked with tottenham exit

The Brazilian has no intention of leaving the north London club (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham forward Richarlison has shut down suggestions he could leave the club this summer after being linked with a move back to Brazil.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a solid campaign under Ange Postecoglou last season, scoring 11 times in the Premier League and laying on four assists from just 18 starts – averaging a goal involvement every 99 minutes.

He struggled with injuries, however, undergoing groin surgery in November before knee and calf issues limited his game time in the run-in, playing just 141 minutes from mid-February onwards.

Despite his decent goal return, Richarlison has been repeatedly linked with a big money transfer to Saudi Arabia this summer while reports in his homeland claimed he was unhappy in north London and could even make a move to Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.

But the former Everton frontman has now hit out at the reports, branding them ‘fake news’, and says he has no intention of leaving Spurs.

‘I forfeited my vacation and came to work in SP [Sao Paulo] so I could return well and be ready for next season,’ wrote the Brazilian on social media.

‘I have never said I am unhappy at my club, and everything that has been coming out in the media here about negotiations is fake news. I don’t know where they got that from!

‘I won’t leave England next season!’

richarlison speaks out on his future after being linked with tottenham exit

Richarlison’s solid campaign was hampered by injuries (Picture: Getty)

Richarlison’s latest injury, a calf issue which ruled him out of Spurs’ final three games of the season, saw him miss out on a place in Brazil’s squad for the Copa America.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil earlier this month, Richarlison certainly did not appear to be thinking about leaving Tottenham, saying: ‘We presented a much more dynamic and, let’s say, more elegant and beautiful football than last season.

‘But we have evolved, we have evolved a lot and I believe that.

‘As of this week, it has already been announced that the coach will make changes, so I believe that next season he will be putting together a much more competitive team.’

Spurs have already made their first addition of what promises to be a busy summer window after securing a second, season-long loan deal for Timo Werner.

‘Happy to be a Spurs [player] next year,’ wrote the German on Instagram after his fresh loan was confirmed on Tuesday evening. ‘Looking forward to seeing you all in the stadium for an incredible season.’

Tottenham are expected to target another striker signing to provide cover and competition for Richarlison as well as another winger, with Postecoglou keen to bolster his attacking options.

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