Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has stated his intention to remain at Sampdoria having failed to make a single appearance for the Serie A outfit as of yet.
The England international was frozen out of Antonio Conte’s plans during the summer after he was left behind at Hotspur Way along with Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso while the rest of the squad headed to South Korea to kick off their preparations for the 22/23 campaign (Mirror).
Winks was linked with a host of clubs during the summer including Crystal Palace, Everton, Southampton and Sevilla only for a move to fail to materialise (The Sun) and instead joined Sampdoria until the end of the season just a few days before the window slammed shut (Spurs official).
The 26-year-old’s start in Italy did not go exactly to plan after an ankle issue which he eventually went under the knife in early November in a bid to get back on the pitch (Instagram).
Winks is currently in Turkey with the rest of the Sampdoria squad on their mid-season tour and has delivered an update on his rehabilitation, he told SampNews24: “At the moment, I feel good. I’m proceeding gradually with the recovery.
“In fact, it’s only been six weeks since my operation, so I need time to get back into shape. Now that I’m training separately on the field, I have the opportunity to see my teammates and have a comparison.
“I’m still physically behind them, but every day is a little bit more and for me, it’s a small win.”
The north London academy product has admitted his frustration at not being able to play for Sampdoria and is fully focused on making his debut for the Genoa-based club.
He added: “It’s true. I absolutely want to play for Sampdoria. The last four months have been very complicated, for the team and also for me. Lots of bad luck. I’m working hard to come back, including holidays. It was and is frustrating not being able to play or train with the team.
“But I have to stay strong and aim for the goal, and I trust that in the next five months of the league, we will be able to do well.”
Having fallen considerably down the midfield pecking order behind the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma, it is key that Winks for his own sake can have a solid second half of the campaign to help rebuild his status and put himself in the shop window if he has any desire of playing for another Premier League side next season.
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