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.”

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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. 

In other Tottenham news, Ian Wright has blasted this Spurs ace and said he expects him to leave the club in a £50million transfer next summer.

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