Transfer news: Heurelho Gomes lifts the lid on Tottenham frustration
Last Updated: 09/08/14 11:47am
Heurelho Gomes is relieved to be starting afresh at Watford after enduring a frustrating end to his time at Tottenham Hotspur.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper has crossed the capital to Vicarage Road this summer after reaching the end of his contract at White Hart Lane.
Gomes has moved on after six years with Spurs, but admits he had been searching for an exit for some time.
He found his path blocked at every turn, despite being some way down the pecking order, and is delighted to have been offered the opportunity to re-establish himself in English football at an ambitious Championship club.
It is difficult to spend three years on the bench, but unfortunately Tottenham made it that way. I had some opportunities to leave, but they kept blocking it. Always blocking, blocking.
Gomes told the Daily Mirror: “I’ve missed the atmosphere of playing in front of a crowd. In the last three years, I played only 14 games when I should have been at my peak. I have missed the game, but I am fit and I believe I’m still at my best.
“When you have played for Brazil or in a Champions League quarter-final, it is difficult to spend three years on the bench, but unfortunately Tottenham made it that way. I had some opportunities to leave, but they kept blocking it. Always blocking, blocking.”
Gomes, who found himself behind the likes of Hugo Lloris, Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini during his time at Tottenham, added: “When Tottenham signed Lloris, Andre Villas-Boas told me he had not asked to sign him, so you cannot do much about a situation like that. I don’t have a problem with Tottenham signing the captain of France – he is a great goalkeeper. For me, the problem was them blocking every move whenever a club wanted to sign me.
“Before Julio Cesar went to QPR they wanted to sign me, but Spurs wanted £6million and it never happened. It was a tough time for me, but it’s over now.
“I had offers to go abroad, but it was an easy decision for me to come here.
“I have been in England for six years now, my family are very settled here and trying to help Watford reach the Premier League is a perfect challenge.
“It is an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League again – not just to play against Tottenham, but it would be great to go back to White Hart Lane because the supporters were fantastic to me there.”