German legend urges defender to snub summer transfer amidst Spurs interest

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Dayot Upamecano who is rumoured to be a Tottenham summer target has been urged to snub the clubs interested in him and stay at RB Leipzig for at least another season by German legend Lothar Matthaus.

Upamecano has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga with his performances for Leipzig over the past two seasons.

Don Balon (via TEAMtalk) claimed last month that the Leipzig star was on the top of Jose Mourinho’s wish list when looking to add to his central defensive options.

The 21-year-old, who reportedly has a release clause of €60 million, is said to have made up his mind to leave the Red Bull Arena this summer (Sport Bild via Metro).

Tottenham’s North London rivals’, Arsenal, have also previously been linked with a move for Upamecano (Daily Star), while Real Madrid are said to hold an interest in the centre-back (AS).

Matthaus revealed that he isn’t surprised to see the Frenchman the subject of interest given the attributes he possesses.

The former Bayern Munich star, however, urged the player to stay and continue his development at Leipzig rather than rushing into a transfer.

Speaking to Sky Sports Germany (as relayed by Goal), Matthaus said: “I can see him playing for all the big clubs when he gets more experience.

“He’s a young player, highly rated, fast, has a good positional game and uses his body well for a 21-year-old. But a year or two in Leipzig would not hurt him.

“Leipzig are a top team – one of the last eight remaining in the Champions League.

“I can still see one or two per cent where he can learn, but he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that top clubs in Europe are after him.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Upamecano would be a brilliant addition if we manage to land him but his price will be an obvious sticking point. Additionally, I believe Jose will probably prefer an experienced centre back to replace Jan Vertonghen rather than someone like Upamecano, who has only had a couple of good seasons.

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