Tottenham have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Brazilian ace Richarlison as Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury has confirmed the club have no intention of selling the player.
The 20-year-old, who has scored five goals and delivered four assists in 13 Premier League appearances so far this season, had been linked with a move to north London.
However, chief executive Duxbury insists the player is going nowhere come January.
“We want Richarlison to be here for many more seasons. We are building a very competitive squad, we have no need to sell,” Duxbury told the Evening Standard.
“We believe in the season being a race and that’s why we will never sell a player in January who we believe will help us.
“Nobody will be sold that we don’t want to. None of the players making an impact now will go.”
Richarlison has scored five goals and added four assists in an extremely impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Richarlison has become a key part Watford boss Marco Silva’s plans since joining from Brazilian top flight side Fluminense on a five-year deal in the summer. The 20-year-old fits the philosophy that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has instilled in the club of showing faith in young, exciting players. Tottenham could certainly do with a player with the attacking talents and versatility of the Brazil U-20 international. However, after this latest report, it seems unlikely the club will get him in January. Watford have already shown that they will not be bullied by the so-called bigger clubs, by rejecting an approach from Everton for their highly-rated manager Silva.