New Rangers signing Kevin Ciubotaru has revealed that he had trials with a whole host of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, before signing for the Scottish giants.
Ciubotaru completed a move to Rangers from Romania during the January transfer window, with the left-back set to link up with the Scottish club’s youth set up.
The versatile 18-year-old, who can also play further forward, was born in Italy and has spent most of his youth career in Austria.
However, it was explained that the North London club faced problems related to the defender’s work permit, which meant they have been unable to complete his transfer.
Ciubotaru has now spoken about the trials he had at various Premier League clubs and expressed his delight at joining Rangers.
The youngster told The Daily Record: “I had trials and training at Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham, Watford, Southampton, Brentford. I first went to Chelsea in 2019 and it opened my eyes to British football, but I did not feel ready for it yet.
“I also went to Barnet for a spell because Edgar Davids was the manager there. They wanted to sign me, while Sheffield United and Leicester City offered to sign me up for their Academies.
“The interest from Rangers was unusual because they were looking at videos of one of my colleagues and spotted me instead. They wanted more details and within a week they sent me a plane ticket and I flew to Glasgow.
“Rangers are an extraordinary club, with a superb training base, impeccable conditions and a special section dedicated to their own academy. I just want to make the most of this incredible opportunity in my career.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While Spurs have some promising right-backs in their youth set up in the form of Marcel Lavinier, Kallum Casey and Dermi Lusala, they are lacking in talent in the left-back area.
The club’s academy setup have not really been able to replace Dennis Cirkin, which is perhaps why they were looking at Ciubotaru as an option.
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