Cristian Romero has experienced a mixed fortunes in his start to life at Tottenham Hotspur.
After recovering from a three-month layoff due to a hamstring injury, Cristian Romero had been a mainstay in his side’s starting line-up, impressing with his stellar performances but has been made to sit out for the rest of the season due to the injury he suffered against Liverpool.
And in Sunday’s official Tottenham match-day programme, Cristian Romero spoke of his delight at his start to life in North London.
“I have to say I’m pleased with the decision to come to Tottenham.” He said.
“It’s a wonderful city here in London and a wonderful club – a club with a growing mentality that’s actually helping me to grow on a personal level. I can say the same about the league, which is the best in the world.
“I’m very happy to be here. The way the club is treating me – the staff, the fans – is brilliant and for me, that means I’m doing my job well. I hope things continue in this way and we can finish the season positively.”
On the injury, he said: “l was very angry about the injury – it kept me away for three months and it meant I couldn’t pay back the confidence that the club had shown by investing in me, so I set the goal to be in my best shape when I returned to prove to everyone that it was the right call.
“I think now, coming to the end of the season, I’ve been okay in the main, but I’m aware that the team and myself need to improve a lot of things.
“We’re at a club with amazing players and a great coach who pushes you to improve and grow, so that’s my daily goal – to get the best out of the opportunities I have and to keep improving and getting better.”
On adapting to life in England, Romero added: “My first son was born in London, so this city and this club will forever be in my heart because of that.
“I’m enjoying the city a lot with my wife and my family – it’s an amazing place – and in terms of the football club, I have a lot of great relationships with people in the squad as well.
“If we speak about my adaptation when I first arrived here, the main person who really helped me to settle in was Gio [Lo Celso] – he was the one who I spent the most time with. Sadly he left the club on loan, but we have a great group of players here and I get on with all my teammates nowadays.
“I’d say because of the language barrier, I get on mostly with the Spanish and Italian-speaking players that we have, people like Rodrigo [Bentancur], Dejan [Kulusevski], Pierluigi [Gollini], Hugo [Lloris, Davinson [Sanchez] and Emerson [Royal].
“We have a great group here and a really good relationship in the locker room, which helps us on and off the pitch.”.
Romero has been vital to Tottenham’s push for top four this season with his loan deal expected to be made permanent this summer.
Tottenham will sign both Dejan Kulusevski and Cristian Romero on a permanent deal. Spurs will invest around €80m total fee for two players who are considered key part of the project for present and future. ⚪️🤝 #THFC
Antonio Conte's also very happy with Romero and Kulusevski.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 17, 2022
On Monday’s Night, Romero even attracted praise from Jamie Carragher, with the Liverpool legend describing him as ‘a real player’.
“I really like him. Maybe with Romero being my position, I remember watching him at Man City earlier in the season and thinking there is something special about him.
“Every time I watch him play, he takes the ball, he is aggressive. He reminds me of Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea.
“He isn’t the biggest of defenders, but he is clever, he’s switched on, he is cool on the ball. I think Tottenham have a real player there.”
After being ruled out of the season, Romero will be hoping to put these injury troubles behind him and help propel his team to new heights in the 2022/23 campaign.
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