Those are the words of Timothy Castagne, the Atlanta right-back with his eyes on a move to the Premier League this summer after a series of impressive performances in Serie A and the Champions League.
And given his admission, it looks like he could be on his way to Spurs this summer.
As for Tottenham, they should listen closely to Castagne, because the full-back could be just what they need.
Spurs have struggled for clean sheets this season. The Lilywhites have managed just six, the joint-third-worst record in the league. This is highly uncharacteristic of a Jose Mourinho side – the Portuguese usually builds from the back and has won domestic and European titles off the back of unbeatable defences.
Serge Aurier has been one of the mainstays of Mourinho’s backline this season, but the Ivorian is error-prone and came under fire for his performance in the defeat against Sheffield United.
Reports have also surfaced that Monaco are interested in Aurier, but Spurs should hang on to their man in the interest of versatility and depth while acquiring Castagne as a long-term replacement for their current right-back and a worthy deputy.
This is because one of Spurs’ major problems has been a lack of depth at the back. Mourinho is limited to a narrow selection of full-backs and centre-halves and, with limited options, they’ve struggled desperately to compete on multiple fronts this season to the point that they’ve barely competed on any.
Castagne can bring that depth and offer something a little different.
A taller presence than Aurier, Castagne is stronger at the back and a little more disciplined. While he may not provide as many assists, Castagne excels in keeping possession, tackling and passing.
And what he is missing from his offensive game, he can learn from Aurier.
At just 24 years old, Castagne will also peak just when Aurier passes the peak of his powers.
Manchester City have shown over the past few years the rotation and depth, especially on the flanks, is crucial to producing dynamic, unpredictable and devastating football. They have been adaptable with brilliant players in every position and for that reason they’ve been successful.
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It’s no coincidence that this season, with injuries all over the pitch and less variety on the flanks, City have struggled. Sides have found it easier to defend against them and Pep Guardiola’s men have found it more difficult to implement a plan B when struggling.
The same goes for Spurs. Injuries have depleted Tottenham to the bare bones at times this season and so they’ve had little hope when it comes to changing approaches, shifting lineups, reacting to matches and keeping the squad fresh.
They need quality in reserve. Castagne is that quality and would be a savvy a signing with the club’s future in mind too.