Agent: 19-year-old hat-trick hero rejected reported move to Tottenham
By Tom Blackburn
Chateauroux forward Jean-Philippe Mateta rejected a move to Tottenham this week, according to his agent.
Franck Belhassen, who represents the 19-year-old, claims that he didn’t want to move abroad and risk missing stages of his development.
Talking to Foot Mercato, Belhassen said, “On the one hand there is what Jerome Leroy (adviser to the president of Châteauroux) is saying and on the other hand what we are actually doing.
“Concerning Tottenham, it is quite clear that the player does not want to go abroad. He is 19, he does not want to skip steps.
“Few players have succeeded abroad at such a young age. He is a very reasonable boy and well looked after by his family. He knows what he wants to do.
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“And Tottenham…as a club they probably have other fish to fry with five days left of the window.”
L’Equipe claimed this week that Tottenham had made an offer to Chateauroux forward Mateta, who is largely regarded as of the most best young players in French football.
The 19-year-old attacker hit a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Le Havre earlier this week, and his performance appears to have sparked interest from a number of clubs, with Spurs particularly keen to land him.
That was the only game Mateta has played for the Ligue 2 side, but he has nonetheless attracted attention of European big hitters.
Tottenham have a habit of nurturing young talent, and since Mauricio Pochettino arrived as the manager in 2014, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all emerged as young stars.
They have another set of players set to emerge from their academy, with the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Joshua Onomah all tipped for successful careers.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they agree a record fee and the medical will take place on Monday.