The Zenit St Peterburg player only has eyes for a return to Italy.
Andre Villas-Boas’ reported pursuit of Italy international Domenico Criscito has been dealt a blow after the player reportedly confirmed his intentions to return to Italy in the near future. Tottenham had hoped that the opportunity to live in London and play in the Premier League would have been enough to tempt the defender away from the colder climes of Russia.
But according to a news story from Calciomercato.it, which was republished by The Express, the 26-year-old has already indicated that rather than seeking another move abroad, he would be eager to return to his homeland.
The player’s decision to seek a move back to Serie A could be, in part, motivated by a desire to cement a place in the Azzurri’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Cesare Prandelli’s team have already qualified for the tournament, with the manager now turning his attention to finalise who exactly will make the final 23.
Criscito has accumulated 20 caps for the Italy national team to date, and was part of Marcelo Lippi’s squad for the ill-fated 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa,
No Serie A clubs have yet to express a concrete interest in the left-back, but the former Genoa star is likely to find suitors easy to come by in the Italian top-flight, having previously been on the books of current champions Juventus.
In the meantime, it now looks likely that Spurs and AVB will have to turn their attention to other potential targets, as they continue to look for a player to provide cover and competition for the likes of Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose.
Earlier this season, Tottenham agreed to allow fan-favourite Benoit Assou-Ekotto to leave White Hart Lane, with the Cameroon international moving to Queens Park Rangers as part of a loan deal that saw the full-back reunite with former manager Harry Redknapp.
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