Defender: Tottenham transfer is a step forward in my career

By Tom Blackburn

Federico Fazio says he believes leaving Tottenham for Roma is a “step forward” in his career.

It was confirmed on Wednesday evening that the Argentine defender, 29, had joined the Serie A club on a loan-to-buy deal.

Following his move, the defender spoke to the Roma website and said he expects to win trophies wherever he is playing but Italy will suit him better than England.

“I joined Tottenham after playing in the Spanish league and English football is obviously different,” Fazio said.

“Every league is particular and it will be the same in Italy. I was happy in England. It’s a very physical, aggressive, direct game.

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“After a few years I decided to make this move to Italy and Roma. I see it as a step forward and I’ve very happy about it.

“I’m a strong footballer, a fighter, and above all I’m a winner. Wherever I go I always want to win trophies – that’s why I came here.”

His exit from White Hart Lane comes even though centre-back Jan Vertonghen was ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks with an ankle injury sustained playing for Belgium at Euro 2016 last month.

Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer will likely form a partnership in the heart of the Spurs defence in Vertonghen’s absence but the club lack senior cover in the position, and could be reliant upon inexperienced youth team players.

Fazio, who joined Tottenham from Spanish club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee of £8million, has two more years to run on his contract with the north Londoners.

But the centre-back struggled for game time in his second season at Spurs and was loaned out to his former club Sevilla in the January transfer window.

Fazio was also a bit-part player in Spain and played just four times in La Liga and only twice in the Europa League during his loan spell at Sevilla, and a move to Roma could reignite his faltering career.

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