Tottenham striker says he will ‘seek psychological help’

Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison has revealed his intention to seek psychological assistance upon his return to England following the international break. The Brazilian forward made headlines when he was visibly emotional after being substituted during Brazil’s 5-1 victory over Bolivia on Saturday.

In an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Richarlison attributed his emotional reaction to the need to release pent-up emotions related to off-field issues. He disclosed that he had faced a tumultuous period in his personal life over the past five months but now felt that things were more stable at home, distancing himself from individuals solely interested in his financial matters.

Richarlison, who has struggled to find his goal-scoring form at Tottenham since his £60 million transfer from Everton last summer, expressed optimism about his future at the London club. He stated his belief that with a more focused and stable mindset, he would be able to make a significant impact on the pitch for Spurs once again.

The Brazilian forward acknowledged the need for professional psychological help to strengthen his mental resilience, emphasizing the importance of returning as a mentally stronger player. His decision to seek assistance reflects a growing trend in professional sports, where athletes prioritize their mental well-being to enhance their performance.

Richarlison’s international appearances have been marked by mixed performances, including a missed opportunity during the Bolivia game and a substitution during the Peru match. Additionally, it was reported that he has parted ways with his long-term agent, Renato Velasco.

Clarifying his emotional moment during the Bolivia match, Richarlison insisted that it wasn’t due to his performance on the field, as he believed he had played well. Instead, he attributed it to the need to process and release the emotional baggage accumulated off the pitch, largely due to issues involving people close to him.

Looking ahead, Richarlison expressed his aspiration to continue representing Brazil in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay. He emphasized the importance of establishing himself in the Tottenham lineup through a consistent run of good performances and discussions with the club’s management.

Tottenham, currently holding the second position in the Premier League, is set to face Sheffield United on Saturday. Richarlison’s determination to strengthen his mental resilience and regain his form will undoubtedly be closely watched by fans, teammates, and football enthusiasts alike as he returns to club duties.

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