Illaix Moriba, who reportedly rejected Spurs in favour of a move to RB Leipzig in the summer now ‘desperately wants to leave’ the Bundesliga club in January, German news outlet Bild have revealed.

Moriba, who came through the ranks at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, won admirers after breaking into the Catalan giants’ first-team last season.

However, a contract standoff with the club over the summer saw the midfielder being frozen out of the first-team picture by formerBarca boss Ronald Koeman.

Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for the 18-year-old in the final few days of the transfer window, with reports indicating at the time that the North London club were the front-runners for the starlet’s signature ahead of Leipzig.

It was the Germans who eventually won the race for Moriba, managing to strike a €22m (£18.7m) deal with Barcelona for the player.

It was reported at the time that the teenager preferred a move to Leipzig over Spurs since he believed he was more likely to get regular game time in Germany.

However, things have not gone according to plan for the teenager at Leipzig, with the midfielder having made just five appearances from the bench so far this season.

Bild claim that the 18-year-old wants to leave Leipzig, just six months on from making the move to the Bundesliga outfit. 

The report states that Moriba ‘trains sloppily’ and has shown ‘bad behaviour within the team’ in his first few months at the club.

It is said that the Bundesliga club may be willing to sanction a loan move for the player to leave in January.

Spurs Web Opinion

It sounds like Paratici and Spurs may have dodged a bullet with Moriba, although perhaps things might have gone differently had he joined the North London club.

Tottenham will be delighted that they got Pape Matar Sarr instead as the midfielder seems to be on a positive trajectory at Metz.

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