Mbola sets sights on Spurs switch


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Zambian starlet Emmanuel Mbola has claimed a move to Tottenham is likely after a trial at White Hart Lane.

Mbola has just returned to Zambia after a trial with Spurs and says he thoroughly enjoyed his time there.

However, the 16-year-old is in a contract dispute with his current employers, Pyunik Yerevan in Armenia, and claims they are threating to block his move to Spurs.

Mbola said, “I am not going back there (Pyunik Yerevan) because I have issues with my contract. I could not sign for Tottenham because I have to finalise things with my club.

“Hotspur liked me a lot, but it is just because of the contract confusion with Pyunik and my agent.

“It was fantastic, because I trained with the first and second team.

“They were happy with me and I should be going back maybe next week, depending on how fast the issues are sorted out there.”

Elijah Chileshe, a director at Mining Rangers, Mobola’s former club in Zambia, is confident that the youngster could be allowed to break his contract in Armenia as he signed it under the age of 16.

He said, “I have written to FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) to deal with the matter because they (Pyunik) made him sign a contract as a 15-year-old which is against the rules – he was a minor.”

Despite his young age, Mbola already has 20 caps for the Zambian and will remain in Zambia, training with the nation’s under-17 side until his contract issues are resolved.

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