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Dejan Kulusevski says his time at Tottenham has been a “breath of fresh air” after a “frustrating” period with Juventus.
Kulusevski joined Tottenham in January on an initial 18-month loan deal, which includes a commitment to buy if certain goals are met.
The Swedish national team player signed for Juve in a deal of 35 million euros in January 2020 and spent the rest of that season – which ended with him being named Serie A’s best young player – on loan at Parma.
He played 47 matches in his only campaign at the Allianz Stadium, where only Adrien Rabiot was with as many times for the Serie A giants.
Kulusevski scored seven goals and assisted six more across all tournaments in an encouraging first year in Turin, but he had been directly involved in just five goals in 27 matches in this campaign.
Out of those 27 matches under Massimiliano Allegri – the third most of any Juve player – only seven were starts, with the versatile striker falling into the picks.
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Kulusevski has impressed since his arrival at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he scored twice and claimed four assists in nine Premier League matches. In fact, only Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have scored more goals (both five) for Spurs than him all season in the English Premier League.
“Things can change so quickly for a player,” Kulusevski told reporters ahead of Sweden’s semi-final of the World Cup final against the Czech Republic on Thursday.
“There were a lot of things at Juventus that didn’t work and it was very frustrating. I played one game a month, always in a new position. My body was not feeling well, I was not feeling physically strong.
“At Tottenham there is a breath of fresh air. I have a better relationship with the coach, I was trained better and my physique has improved.”
Tottenham are next in action on April 3 when they host Newcastle United in the Premier League.