Fabio Capello believes rumoured Spurs target could one day win the Ballon d’Or

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Former England and Italy manager Fabio Capello has raved about the qualities that rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Nicolo Zaniolo, possesses.

Despite having just two seasons of football in the Italian top-flight under his belt, the midfielder has already established himself as one of the rising superstars in Serie A.

It was rumoured that Tottenham tried to sign the 21-year-old last summer after he burst on to the scene following his first season at the Stadio Olimpico (Mirror) .

Spurs ultimately failed in their pursuit and the midfielder has gone to have another solid campaign, despite being sidelined with an ACL injury earlier this year (Leggo).

Reports have indicated that the North Londoners could still hold an interest in the midfielder (Guardian).

However, Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Roma have no intention of letting their star man leave.

Capello certainly has no doubt over the Zaniolo’s qualities after the 74-year-old claimed that the Italian international could one day win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

When asked about the rumoured Spurs target, Capello told Sky Sport Italia (as translated by The World Game): “Zaniolo has physical power and strength and extraordinary quality.

“He has potential not just for the [European] Golden Shoe, but he can aspire to something more, to the Ballon d’Or.

“I’m in love with Zaniolo. Everything is there in terms of strength, quality and speed, at the highest level.

“Other players have this potential, but not at his level.”

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Zaniolo is certainly showing every sign that he will develop into one of the best attacking midfielders in world football. In fact, he is not too far away from being at that level already.

I doubt we are going to see Roma sell the youngster this summer as they know they might not be able to get maximum value for him. I can see him staying at the Stadio Olympico for a year or two longer and leaving for a £100m plus fee.

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