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Walter Sabatini claims club would ‘never sell’ Spurs-linked star in January 

Former Bologna technical director Walter Sabatini has claimed that midfielder Mattias Svanberg, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham, will not leave the Serie A club this month.

Svanberg has hit the limelight over the last couple of seasons at Bologna and the youngster is having another solid campaign in the middle of the park for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side.

Inews reported two weeks ago that the central midfielder is a January target for Spurs, with the club’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, having previously tried to take him to Juventus.

This was then backed up by Corriere di Bologna, who suggested that Spurs had already ‘enquired’ about the Sweden international, with Paratici and Antonio Conte both alleged to be fans of the player.

Bologna are thought to be trying to renew Svanberg’s contract in an effort to ward off interest from the likes of Spurs.

Sabatini has now said that he is convinced Bologna will not let Svanberg go in January but admitted he one day sees the youngster playing for a club of the stature of Milan or Juventus.

The former Roma midfielder told Tuttosport about Svanberg: “I would see him at Juve or Milan precisely, but in January, Bologna will never sell it. 

“In the past, I talked about him with Leonardo for PSG and with Ancelotti when he was at Everton.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

I do not think that Svanberg or any other central midfielder will be at the top of Conte’s or Paratici’s list of priorities for January. A forward, a left-centre-back and a wing-back are arguably more urgent requirements. I believe Conte might push the rebuild of the midfield department to the summer.

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