Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim has laughed off reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur for Marcus Edwards, after the North London club were linked with a return for their former academy starlet this month.

Edwards came through the youth system at Spurs but never managed to make his breakthrough to the first team. He was eventually moved on to Portuguese side Vitória Guimarães SC in 2019 on a free transfer.

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The youngster then signed for Sporting Lisbon in January 2022 and has made quite the impact there. Most notably, in this year’s Champions League group stages, Edwards scored against Spurs to show his former club what they were missing.

With seven goals and six assists in 20 games this season (Transfermarkt), Edwards has certainly caught the eye, not least of all among the Spurs hierarchy. Last week, Portuguese outlet Record claimed Spurs were keen on bringing Edwards back to the club where he began his career.

Now though, the Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amiron has rubbished reports suggesting he will lose his star man (Mais Futebol).

He said: “I don’t care. (Speculation) is part of (football). After the summer, nothing worries me anymore.”

Losing players is something clubs like Sporting Lisbon are used to, of course. Amiron added: “We will be more and more prepared for the departure of players. He has his release clause, his value. It’s not a matter for me. For me, it’s about preparing all the players in the squad and the future of Sporting.

“I don’t care that they are coveted, it’s normal. Marcus, especially in the Champions League, was very good. He is an English player and that can affect the market, but I don’t see (his departure) happening easily.”

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I would love to see Marcus Edwards come back to Tottenham. He looked amazing in the Champions League and has clearly developed into a very exciting talent in his time away from North London.

Whether Sporting would let him go remains to be seen, but with the release clause and sell-on clause, it does appear to be beneficial for us to get a deal done.

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