Tottenham Hotspur target Pjanic refuses to discuss Roma future

The Roma midfielder would not be drawn on the subject of a new deal at the Serie A club

Andre Villas-Boas has been given a glimmer of hope by Tottenham Hotspur target Daniel Pjanic after the Bosnian midfielder cooled talk of signing a new contract with current club AS Roma.

Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, the 23-year-old dismissed the idea that discussions over an extension to his deal at the Stadio Olimpico were ongoing.

'I have two years remaining on my current contract and it is not the right time to talk about it,' he told the paper. 'If the club wants to talk, there will be a better period for that. I am focused on just one thing so far, giving my very best to the club.'

The comments could provide fresh hope for Spurs, who had been eager to sign the player during the busy summer months, but ultimately failed to make a formal approach for the one-time Lyon star. Since then, Pjanic has found more playing time at Roma, with newly-appointed manager Rudi Garcia seemingly favouring the midfielder ahead of other options within the squad.

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The Bosnia international previously revealed that he was close to a move to Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal back in 2011, before opting to move to Serie A, however the player is believed to be a long-time admirer of the Premier League and, after seeing former Lyon teammate Hugo Lloris flourish under Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, he could be open to a similar move.

Should he reach the end of the current campaign without agreeing new terms with Roma, then the midfielder could be available for a reduced fee with the Italians likely to be eager to cash-in on a player with just 12 months left on his deal.

Tottenham will likely be shrewd in any negotiations for the player, as they continue to build a young, dynamic squad following the world-record departure of Gareth Bale.

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