‘Foreseeable future’ – 23-year-old centre-back rules out exit amidst Spurs links

Stoke City centre-back Harry Souttar, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar, has admitted that he wants to stay put at the bet365 Stadium for the foreseeable future.

Souttar has come on leaps and bounds since establishing himself as a regular in the Stoke City starting eleven last campaign.

It was previously reported that Tottenham had scouted the defender and were continuing to track his progress, with the North London club said to be facing competition from Everton for the Australian international (Stoke Sentinel).

Football Insider claimed ahead of the January transfer window that Spurs could intensify their pursuit of the 23-year-old, with Stoke ‘braced’ for offers.

However, ahead of the transfer window, the centre-back picked up an ACL injury, which ruled him out of action for the rest of the season (Transfermarkt).

The centre-back has now spoken about his recovery and insisted that he is taking things slow since he does not plan on leaving the Championship club this summer.

Souttar told Stoke’s official wesbite: “I have a few years left on my contract here so I am going to be here for the foreseeable future, so it is about making sure I don’t put myself at any unnecessary risk by rushing back from this injury.

“I’ve have had a really good chat with the manager, and he knows where I am at, what I am doing and the like but he has also reassured me just to take as much time as I need to.”

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The injury probably ended any chance Souttar had of being picked up by the likes of Spurs for the time being. Interested clubs will likely want to wait and see how the centre-back recovers as some players are never the same following an ACL injury.

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