Sergio Reguilon has revealed he was made to feel at home right from the get-go at Tottenham – thanks to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg oversharing on WhatsApp.
Following an impressive season on loan at Sevilla, Reguilon arrived from Real Madrid for a fee in the region of £27m and has quickly established himself as one of the best left backs in the Premier League with a series of impressive performances.
Speaking to 90min‘s Ben Haines as part of Spurs TV’s N17 Live, the 24-year-old credited Hojbjerg as a big part of the reason he was able to hit the ground running so seamlessly.
He said the Dane, who had signed from Southampton just a month earlier, was the first player to reach out to him after he arrived in north London. He did so via a WhatsApp message that went into a surprising amount of detail, and left Reguilon taken aback.
He said ahead of Tottenham‘s clash with West Brom: “One thing that nobody knows is that Pierre, as soon as I arrived, he sent me a long WhatsApp message welcoming me to the team.
“He said ‘Hi, welcome to Tottenham. I’m Pierre-Emile Hobjerg. I hope you do well. We need you to do your work for the team.’
“I was surprised, because it was a big message!” he said, gesturing with his fingers to stress that it was, in fact, a big message.
“He went into detail about the team-mates, about the coach, all of it. I was like ‘OK!’
“When you arrive in a new city and a new country, it’s important to have people and players who help you, and Pierre is one of them.”
Hojbjerg’s arrival initially raised an eyebrow after his unsavoury end to life on the south coast, but like Reguilon, he has proven himself well worthy. He is yet to miss a minute in the Premier League, and has been as consistent and meticulous on the pitch as he is over WhatsApp.