Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas has revealed that Pape Matar Sarr does not want to leave the Premier League before the transfer window closes, but a possible loan to another English club could be something to keep an eye on late in the window. 

After failing to see a single minute of action in the first part of the season, Sarr has had a much more prominent role since the Premier League’s restart, having made four appearances across all competitions, including a start in the North London derby earlier this month.

Pape Matar Sarr

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Sky Sport Italia (as relayed by TEAMtalk) claimed a couple of weeks ago that Antonio Conte had decided to hang on to the midfielder despite the fact that plenty of clubs were showing interest in signing the youngster on loan.

This was also backed up by Relevo reporter Matteo Moretto, who claimed last Friday that Espanyol have given up on their pursuit of the 20-year-old as Tottenham did not want to offload him.

However, Sarr did not find a place in Spurs’ matchday squad for their FA Cup clash against Preston on Saturday, which raised some question marks over whether the midfielder could be on his way out.

Thomas has not told The Last Word on Spurs’ YouTube channel that despite the former Metz man attracting loan interest from around Europe, his preference is to remain in the Premier League. 

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The issue Tottenham have is that one more non-homegrown player apart from Bryan Gil (who is seemingly close to leaving) would have to be offloaded for Conte to name both Arnaut Danjuma and Pedro Porro in the Champions League squad. 

The other solution would be to hang on to Sarr but omit his name from the Champions League squad as I do not see Lucas Moura being left out of the list if the Brazilian ends up staying, which looks likely to be the case at this point.

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