The chance to play UCL football with the Spurs was music to Yves Bissum’s ears.

New Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma is already dreaming of playing in the Champions League for his new club and hearing the music of the tournament.

The midfielder completed the move from Brighton on Friday by signing a four-year deal for a £25million fee that could be increased by bonuses, PA news agency understands.

This is the third addition made by Spurs since they regained their place in the elite European competition, finishing fourth in the Premier League after a 5-0 win over Norwich City on the final day of last season.

Excitement is mounting at the north London club over a return to the Champions League, which Tottenham finished second in 2019, and their newest player can’t wait to hear the anthem in person for the first time.

“When I was young, football was my life. I wanted to play football every day, every moment. If I don’t play football, I won’t be happy,” Bissum told the Spurs TV channel.

“Now being a professional footballer, being at Spurs, a big club, when I look back 11 or 12 years ago, it gives me some feeling. My mom and dad are here too and they help me a lot.

“Being here in London with the Spurs and Champions League music, can you imagine? There are too many emotions. I’m just saying thanks to God.

“My dream is to play in the Champions League. When I was younger I remember watching the Champions League every day and I can’t believe I’m playing in the Champions League for Spurs. I’m so happy.”

Being here in London with the Spurs and Champions League music, can you imagine? There are too many emotions. I just say thanks to GodYves Bissouma

While Bissuma has spent the last four years in England with Brighton, where he has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the country, as recently as 2016, the 25-year-old played in Mali’s domestic league and remembers growing up. play barefoot outside.

He added: “It was very difficult because we don’t have the opportunities in Africa that we have here.

“For example, when I was younger, my dad and mom worked to help us, but if you want to play football, they don’t have money to buy you shoes, so we just play outside with friends, no. shoes, but we enjoyed this moment because I was young and so was my friend.

“It was a part of my life that I was happy for, because when I think about it, I just say I’ve come this far.”

The addition of Bissuma will create competition in midfield for Pierre-Émile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancourt and Oliver Skipp, while the future of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso remains uncertain.


Yves Bissouma joins Tottenham Hotspur from Brighton (Adam Davy/PA)

The Mali international is the third signing for Spurs this summer, following the signings of Ivan Perisic and Frazier Forster earlier in the transfer window.

Boss Antonio Conte wanted Tottenham to build a team capable of competing in the Premier League and the Champions League, and the former Brighton player is keen to work with the Italian.

“I will try to help the team,” Bissum said.

“We have a good group and a good coach. He is a great coach, everyone knows him.

“I can take this (next) step with him and I know he will help me become who I want to be. I also try to help the team, so I’m very happy.”