Former Spurs target explains why he chose to join RB Leipzig this summer

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Ilaix Moriba
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Tottenham summer transfer target Ilaix Moriba has explained that he was convinced to sign for RB Leipzig due to the club’s attractive style of play.

The 18-year-old starlet switched signed for the Bundesliga outfit from Barcelona in a deal worth £14 million, which could rise to around £19 million with potential add ons.

Moriba had appeared on the radar of plenty of clubs across Europe, including the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Instead, the teenager elected to make the move to Germany in his quest to continue his rise up the football ladder.

Spanish publication Sport recently revealed Moriba was keen to join Leipzig over a club like Spurs, as he felt more confident of gaining regular minutes in the Bundesliga, while also wanting to experience playing in the Champions League. 

Not only that, Moriba was attracted to Die Roten Bullen’s attacking, fast-flowing football, which swayed his decision in the end.

Speaking on Leipzig’s style of play, he told his new club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be able to join RB Leipzig. It’s a very exciting club, one that has always preferred to play attacking football, which fits perfectly to me.

“I’m confident that Leipzig is the right place for me to take the next step in my career and continue my development, which is what informed my decision.

“Now, my full focus is on settling in at the club, within the team and the city in order to be able to play to my best as quickly as possible. We have big goals this season and I can’t wait to take on this challenge at Leipzig.”

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A player of Moriba’s calibre would have been a huge coup for Spurs, and it is no surprise that so may high end clubs were keen to secure his signature this summer. The club are quite full in the middle of the park, though, and it is clear why Moriba may have wanted a move to Leipzig where it is less congested and more of a chance for consistent game time.

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