Report: Defender snubs interest from Spurs to sign new contract

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Dom Le Roy

According to a report in Saturday’s edition of Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten, young Swedish centre half Robin Glavak has resisted interest from several clubs across Europe including Tottenham Hotspur to pen a new contract with his current club Orgryte IS.

The 16-year-old defender joined Orgryte IS’ academy in 2016 at the age of 13 and has excelled at various youth levels for the club.

His performances reportedly caught the eye of both Tottenham and Leeds United from as well as La Liga club Real Sociedad.

Both Spurs and Sociedad reportedly offered the teenager the opportunity to visit their facilities and undergo a trial. However, Glavak snubbed the interest from the foreign clubs to pen a new three year deal at Orgryte IS and the youngster is pleased with his decision, insisting he is no hurry to go abroad.

Göteborgs-Posten quotes Glavak as saying: “It’s really big (the new contract). The biggest thing that has happened in my football career.

“There have been some clubs that wanted me to come over and do a trial. I have said we have to wait a few years. I’m in no hurry [to go] abroad. I am young and think that I am developing well in Sweden. Now I also get the chance to step up to the first team.”

The young defender also revealed that he was quite flattered by the interest he received from England but said that following the trail, he decided that now is not the best time to make the move.

He added, “Yes [it was hard to resist], but once you go over and have a trial… I was in England for a week. I had no friends there and lived with a family.

“Obviously, it is really flattering when clubs are interested and say they want to make a bid, but you have to see how you like it too. Otherwise you don’t know if you can. Then you might have to move back home after a month.”

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In order to continue challenging the top sides in Europe despite the difference in spending power, Spurs need to ensure they sign the best young talents in Europe. Manchester City and Chelsea have both recruited some top young players for several seasons and they are now seeing the fruits of their strategy.

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