Gollini returns to Atalanta after Tottenham confirm his move won’t become permanent

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Pierluigi Gollini during a match Credit: PA Images
Pierluigi Gollini during a match Credit: PA Images

Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has returned to parent club Atalanta after his loan spell at Tottenham came to an end.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper was on a season-long loan from the Serie A side, but, as he was back-up to France captain Hugo Lloris, he only made 10 appearances, the last of which came in January.

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Spurs, who had an obligation to sign Gollini permanently if he met certain criteria during his loan, said in a statement: “We can confirm the departure of Pierluigi Gollini following the conclusion of his loan spell from Atalanta.

“The goalkeeper joined us last July for the duration of the 2021/22 season and made 10 appearances in our colours.

“We thank Pierluigi for his service and wish him well for the future.”

Speaking last month, Gollini expressed his desire to stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite his lack of game time this season.

“Satisfied with the experience? It’s normal that I was hoping to play a bit more, but I knew from the beginning that I would play the cups and Lloris the league,” Gollini told the DAZN Talks podcast.

“I was playing the Conference, and we went out without having played; we had nine cases of Covid, and they didn’t let us postpone the game. Carabao? Out in the semi-final with Chelsea and then in the FA Cup, the last one, the coach decided not to do any turnover.

“I played 11 games and was lucky enough to train with Lloris. You can grow even if you don’t play, although there are things you only learn on the pitch, like the mistakes you make to improve.

“If you have the right head, even observing certain environments, you can learn. In football, as in other environments. I always thought that you have to make the best out of the situation. If you have the idea of wasting time, you always lose it.

“What future for me? I tell the truth: if I could, I would stay at Tottenham. I feel very good here; I am very attached to this group and the club.

“If they decide to keep me, I will be happy to stay. Otherwise, if we split up, I would like to go back to Italy. I love my home, the Serie A. Right now, I don’t know anything yet.”

Spurs have a replacement lined up as they have agreed a deal for Fraser Forster, who will join the club on a free transfer when his contract at Southampton ends.

Forster was at the club’s training base to undergo a medical last week and the PA news agency understands that deal will be announced soon.

The north London club have made an active start to the summer, having already announced the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.

The 33-year-old joins from Inter Milan on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal.

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