Poland legend hails ‘ambitious’ 19-year-old defender wanted by Spurs

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Poland legend, Zbigniew Boniek, has hailed Legia Warsaw’s emerging superstar Michal Karbownik, a player who has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Karbownik has put in some impressive displays since breaking into Legia’s team this season and seemingly possesses all the attributes needed to be a top modern-day full-back.

The 19-year-old, who is comfortable at both right-back and left-back, has registered six assists in just 19 league appearances this season (transfermarkt.com).

Spurs are said to have sent scouts to Poland on several occasions this season to watch the youngster in action (The Mirror – 26/04, p68).

However, Tottenham’s hopes of landing the teenager received a blow last week when Legia confirmed on their official website that Karbownik had penned a new deal with the club that runs till 2024.

Boniek, who is considered one of the greatest players Poland have ever produced and now serves as the head of the Polish Football Association, has admitted that there is a lot of excitement surrounding Karbownik.

Speaking about the young defender, the legendary midfielder told Meczyki (as relayed by TBR Football): “He is a young, ambitious boy who is developing quickly.

“Karbownik is an interesting and intelligent player about whom (Poland) coach Jerzy Brzeczek said that he wanted to call him to the national team.

“I think that we will have a lot of use from him, but only if he continues to work calmly.”

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Just because Karbownik has signed a new deal does not mean that a transfer is entirely ruled out as Legia may just be looking to a decent fee for him when he leaves. While there is no confirmation on whether the youngster’s contract has a release clause, one would presume that his agent would have insisted on one given the number of top sides rumoured to be showing an interest in him.

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