Richarlison says Everton’s ‘lack of ambition’ caused him to sever ‘strong connections’ with Toffees and seal record Tottenham move

    Richarlison has said Everton’s ‘lack of ambition’ was a factor in his move to Tottenham, despite it being ‘tough’ to leave the club.

    The Brazilian’s £60million move to Spurs made him the London side’s most expensive signing, ending a four-year spell at Goodison Park where he became a cult hero.

    Richarlison was adored at Goodison

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    Richarlison was adored at Goodison

    But he’s now making it happen in the Champions League

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    But he’s now making it happen in the Champions League

    Richarlison’s move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium marked a new stage in his career, playing in the Champions League for the first time.

    The forward scored a brace on his competition debut to secure a 2-0 win over Marseille, and burst into tears while celebrating with his family.

    Despite the new heights reached under Antonio Conte, Everton still hold a big place in his heart, but Richarlison admits the move was unavoidable due to the club’s ambition.

    “It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club,” he told FourFourTwo. “And that was definitely the case for me.

    “I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history.

    “However, perhaps they’re suffering with a lack of ambition nowadays. You know, that eagerness to win matches and trophies.

    Richarlison likely realised his time at Everton was over when he was in a relegation battle

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    Richarlison likely realised his time at Everton was over when he was in a relegation battle

    “I spent four years there and I could see there was still a very long way to go to achieve big things.

    “I felt it was the right time to move on, and the club also had to make some money. It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at Spurs.”

    Richarlison, who joined Everton from Watford for an initial £35m fee in 2018, clearly had a lot of affection for the Toffees.

    Posting on social media following his departure earlier this year, he wrote a farewell letter expressing his sadness.

    Richarlison let Everton fans know how he felt

    Richarlison let Everton fans know how he felt

    “It’s very difficult to say goodbye to a place that has become my home,” he wrote.

    “[A home] Of fans who welcomed me not just as another player, but as if I were one of them, in the stands; and a club that treated me kindly and helped me develop my sense of community and empathy.

    “No words and not all the love I have for this club is enough to thank you. We’ll see you along the way! I love you Evertonians.”

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