Report: Star yet to start a game this season after allegedly rejecting Spurs move

Fabio Paratici
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Ilaix Moriba, who allegedly snubbed Tottenham Hotspur in favour of a move to RB Leipzig over the summer, is yet to start a single game for the Bundesliga club so far this season.

Moriba won several admirers after breaking into the Barcelona first-team last season but a contract standoff with the Catalan club over the summer saw the midfielder being frozen out of the first-team picture by Ronald Koeman.

Tottenham were 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 La Masia graduate’s signature ahead of Leipzig.

However, it was the Bundesliga club who 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, as highlighted by HITC, the teenager is struggling to force himself into Jesse Marsch’s side. Moriba has sat on the bench in four games and played just 39 minutes across two substitute appearances in all competitions so far this campaign (TransferMarkt).

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If Moriba’s main reason for choosing Leipzig over Spurs was regular game time, then the youngster might well be regretting his decision. The 18-year-old would have at least got starts in the Europa Conference League had he come to North London. 

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  1. Don’t throw money away on another player not ready to step straight into 1st team and bring experience and quality and improve us.all we brought in summer are the same no improvement.what is paratici doing looking for profit in few years youve only got to look at Clarke from leeds


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