Less than six months after initially joining Tottenham on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy from Real Betis, Giovani Lo Celso and Spurs have both agreed to exercise the option to make this agreement a permanent transfer. The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract with the Lillywhites that is set to expire in 2025 when the Argentine will be 29.
Spurs officials expressed their excitement with the new deal on their website, saying "The midfielder has produced impressive performances after establishing himself in the team following a hip injury which restricted his playing time in the early part of his loan at the club."
We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of @LoCelsoGiovani from Real Betis to a permanent transfer.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 28, 2020
✍️ Gio has signed a contract with the Club until 2025. #THFC ⚪️ #COYS
While he wasn't performing up to snuff to start, both due to his aforementioned hip knock as well as former manager Mauricio Pochettino's noncongruent tactics, he has been pretty excellent. According to WhoScored.com, the Argentine has a pretty solid 84.6 percent pass success rate in the Premier League and even scored in the Champions League. He finally found more consistent success with the club after Jose Mourinho was brought in to replace Poch back in November.
And while Tottenham have not had the best results under "The Special One" so far (8-4-5 as of writing), there is no doubt that he has helped make Lo Celso the player most supporters thought he would be when he was initially signed over the summer from Betis. As per agreement the London club will send 27 million pounds (30 million dollars) to the Spanish side for his services moving forward.