Rocha delighted with "dream move" PDF Print E-mail

Centre-back confident of quick Premiership adaptation

RochaPortuguese defender Ricardo Rocha says it is a dream come true to play in the Premiership, after completing his move from Benfica to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 28-year-old, who has six caps for his country, moves to White Hart Lane after four-and-a-half years with Benfica, and is reported to have earned the Lisbon club a fee in the region of 5m Euros.

“It is very important for me because I have for a long time dreamed of playing in the Premiership, and playing for a big, big club like Tottenham is a dream come true,” said Rocha.

“Tottenham is a fantastic club which is historic in England. They are one of the best teams who always try to win by playing good football and has a great cup tradition,” he added.

Rocha’s style of play would appear to be well suited to the English game, and the defender agrees that the physical nature of his game should see him adapt to the Premiership.

“I think so, I play hard but also fair and I just want to win all the balls and stop my opponents from scoring goals. I will just always do my best.”

“It is too soon to know what really to expect. I will work very hard, but the most important thing is the team and the results of the team. The most important thing is to win whether with me in the side or another player.”

Spurs director Damien Comolli was also delighted with the deal: “He brings considerable experience having played at the highest level in European competition and is a current international. Ricardo has shown a great desire to come to White Hart Lane and will no doubt prove to be a valuable addition to the squad at this important time.”

It is the second time in recent years that Spurs have looked to Portugal for reinforcements, with Pedro Mendes having made the move in 2004.

Other Portuguese to have played for the club include former Sporting winger Jose Dominguez, who played at the Lane between 1997 and 2000, and Helder Postiga in the 2003/04 season.

January 2007

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