Alasdair Gold claims Spurs star is now likely to stay unless a ‘big bid’ comes in 

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Alasdair Gold has predicted that Emerson Royal is likely to remain at Tottenham beyond the summer unless a big offer comes in for the Brazilian over the next week.

Emerson struggled to adapt to the demands of the right wing-back position last season and when Tottenham snapped up Djed Spence from Middlesbrough this summer, many would have been forgiven for assuming the Brazilian might be sold. 

Over the summer, the 23-year-old has been linked with moves to the likes of Atletico Madrid (Sky Sports), AS Roma (Express) and Juventus (CMW).

However, not only is the former Real Betis man still at the club with little over a week left in the transfer window but he now seems to be Antonio Conte’s first choice at right wing-back.

Emerson has started all three of Spurs’ Premier League games so far ahead of Matt Doherty and has taken his chance, putting in some impressive displays. Gold believes the chances of the Brazil international being sold are now quite slim.

The journalist said on his YouTube channel: “Fair play to Emerson, as he is holding onto that shirt, and he was the one that was meant to probably be sold this summer.

“I think all of us had been told by various sources that Emerson was the one they were looking to entertain bids for. He’s so settled, he doesn’t want to go anywhere, he’s very happy.

“He’s got Lucas Moura and Richarlison, he is loving life with his fellow Brazilians, all the South Americans get on very well, he’s getting on well with Cristian Romero, Rodrigo Bentancur as well.

“He’s very popular in the camp, Sonny loves him as well, he’s just a really bubbly character. Unless a big bid or a tempting bid comes in, and Spurs agree to it, but probably most importantly, Emerson Royal thinks it’s a good move for him, then he may well be sticking around.”

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The fact that Doherty was not 100 per cent during pre-season, probably contributed to Spurs deciding against cashing in on Emerson. Conte might have also wanted to take a closer look at Spence before selling the Brazilian.

I was one of the 23-year-old’s biggest critics last season but there is no doubt that he deserves to keep his place in the side on the back of the performances he has put in so far this season.

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