‘I’m not interested’ – 21-year-old linked with Spurs responds to speculation over his future

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Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, who is reportedly on Tottenham’s radar in the summer, has said that he is focusing  on building up his fitness at the moment rather than the speculation surrounding his future.

The central defender joined the Glasgow giants from Norway side IK Start as a free agent in 2016 and has since gone on to establish himself as a regular in Neil Lennon’s side.

The 21-year-old has gone up another level this season and has arguably been one of the best defenders in the Scottish Premiership.

Tottenham were said to be considering a move for the Norwegian international in the summer according to a report in Sporten last month.

The central defender’s agent, Tore Pedersen has since confirmed that the youngster will leave Celtic in the summer (Scottish Sun).

However, Ajer himself wasn’t interested in talking about his future. When asked about the speculation linking him with a move away from Celtic Park, the defender told the Daily Record: “I have two years left of my contract at Celtic and I am not focusing on my future at all.

“I am not interested in what has been written about me. At the moment, I am training hard. I have told the Celtic physical trainer that I want to take big steps during this break period. I run two sessions a day, and I am building up a lot of strength doing that.”

“I am lucky enough to have a family in Kristiansand who are very good at keeping fit and I was fortunate I was able to leave Scotland to return home before lockdown.”

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While Ajer certainly has a lot of promise, the step-up in quality from the Scottish top-flight to the Premier League is quite considerable. I don’t believe he has enough experience just yet to make that step up, particularly to a side near the top end of the Premier League. I expect Mourinho to go for a tried and trusted option like Smalling or Godin to replace Vertonghen.

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