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Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison has spoken about the benefits of seeing a therapist, and has asked his team-mates to be open to the possibility of seeking help.

Richarlison explained in September that he was struggling with off-pitch issues and that he would “seek psychological help”.

He has since started speaking regularly to a therapist, and is feeling contented off and on the pitch, where he recently enjoyed the best spell of his career — scoring nine goals in eight Premier League games between December 10 and February 3.

“I think the mental aspect is so important for a player,” Richarlison told Sky Sports while on international duty with Brazil. “To not let things around you get in the way of your work on the pitch.

“It’s what I’ve been doing, I have a psychologist now, and she’s been helping me. I have sessions every week. I ask the players to open up to this possibility of having a therapist because it is so important. Once they start taking sessions, they will understand what I mean. It really helps you on the pitch.”