Report: England international had no interest in Spurs move after wanting ‘elite European club’

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Antonio Conte
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Raheem Sterling had no interest in a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to The Athletic.

The report claims that sources close to the England international said he would only consider a move to an elite European club, which ruled out any prospect of a move to Tottenham or north London rivals Arsenal.

Early last month, The Mirror claimed that Tottenham were keen to take the 27-year-old back to the capital.

Sterling, however, decided to swap Manchester City for Spurs’ rivals Chelsea in a deal worth up to £50million (Guardian).

SpursWeb Opinion

While Sterling is a good player, Tottenham already have an abundance of talent in the final third of the pitch and are better off spending their transfer funds on a new central defender and right-wing back to provide better balance to Antonio Conte’s squad.

Sterling’s wage demands would have also proven to be a problem for Tottenham given the fact he earned £300,000-a-week at the Etihad and was looking for a pay rise, while Spurs’ top earner Harry Kane earns around £100,000-a-week less than his international team-mate (Mirror).

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