Speaking to Football.London, Japhet Tanganga has claimed that he is focused on being back with his Tottenham teammates rather than transfer speculation linking him away from the club.
The 23-year-old was thrown into Premier League football by Jose Mourinho in a clash with Liverpool in 2020.
Playing on the right-side of a back-three then, he expertly dealt with the threat of Sadio Mane, keeping the Senegalese international quiet for the majority of the game (Football.London).
However, Tanganga made just 11 Premier League appearances for Spurs last season due to injury issues and Antonio Conte being set on his first choice back-three (Transfermarkt).
The lack of first-team football has seen rumours surface about a potential departure for the Spurs academy graduate this summer.
Both AC Milan and Newcastle have been credited with an interest in Tanganga, with the former interested in a loan with an option to buy (Daniele Longo), and the latter looking at a loan with obligation (TuttoMercatoWeb).
Despite these links, the London-born centre-back claims he is fully focused on Spurs.
He said (Football.London): “It’s just speculation and I don’t read too much into speculation. My focus is I’m just happy to be back, being injury free and helping the team as much as I can and be ready when I’m called upon.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I am torn on this situation. I love Japhet and feel he is a strong backup option if injuries hit our back-three. He also helps fulfil our homegrown quota which is becoming increasingly vital.
But I feel as though he needs regular experience in a starting eleven. If he could go on loan to AC Milan and get this, I think it would be a tremendous step in his development.
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