Former manager dismisses suggestion Spurs would be interested in 19-year-old

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Veteran Ukrainian coach Myron Markevych has insisted that rumoured Tottenham target Illya Zabarnyi is not good enough to play in any of Europe’s top five leagues yet.

Until the last few days, reports indicated that Japhet Tanganga could be on his way out of Tottenham (, which would have potentially triggered the North London club to secure a replacement.

Zabarnyi was thought to be one of the names on Spurs’ radar, with reports first emerging in June that the North London club were eyeing a move for the teenager on the back of his breakthrough season at Dynamo Kyiv (Football London).

Alasdair Gold said on his YouTube channel earlier this month that the Ukrainian international is a player Spurs like and suggested that a late move could be on the cards.

However, it now appears unlikely that Antonio Conte’s men are going to sign a centre-back before the transfer deadline, with Tanganga now expected to remain at the club (Football.London).

Markevych has now scoffed at the idea that Zabarnyi is of interest to Premier League clubs.

When asked about the speculation over the young defender’s future, the former Ukraine manager told Sport UA: “Who is Zabarnyi? What English clubs? They will not even notice him there. 

“Dynamo currently does not have a single football player (who could move to) a serious league. Maybe the Belgian league.”

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Tottenham holding an interest in Zabarnyi does not necessarily mean that the North London club think the centre-back is ready to be a starter. Like the Pape Matar Sarr and Bryan Gil signings, Paratici might just view the Ukrainian as someone to take a gamble on, given his high ceiling.

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