Sunderland left-back Dennis Cirkin has played down the speculation linking him with a return to Tottenham Hotspur.

Cirkin has come on leaps and bounds since departing Spurs to join Sunderland in the summer of 2021, with the youngster playing a key role in helping the club win promotion to the Championship last season.

Although the 20-year-old has missed a few matches with a hamstring injury this season, he has come back into the team over recent weeks and has looked solid. 

Cirkin netted his first goal for Sunderland last weekend while also providing an assist as Tony Mowbray’s men ran out 2-1 winners over Wigan. 

Spurs are thought to have inserted a buy-back option of £6m when they sold the defender to the Black Cats (Sunderland Echo), and it was reported earlier this month that the Lilywhites were contemplating bringing the player back to the club (The Sun).

It then emerged a couple of days ago that Brentford were set to challenge Tottenham in their pursuit of the England Under-20 international (The Sun).

However, Cirkin has now insisted that he is not paying any attention to the speculation over his future and remains focused on doing well for Sunderland.

When asked about the reports linking him with a return to Spurs, the left-back told Sunderland Echo: “I haven’t heard about any of these rumours, I’ve tried to stay away from it. I just try and play for Sunderland and I’m just trying to get back in the team here and that’s my main goal.”

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The buy-back clause certainly gives Tottenham a massive advantage over other suitors in the race for Cirkin’s signature. However, it remains to be seen if the 20-year-old will be open to returning to Spurs at this stage of his career, particularly given that he has now had a taste of first-team football.

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