Swedish talent Muamer Tankovic entered the fray for Fulham this week in their 3-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory over Fulham - and the 18-year-old is just one of the promising youngsters at Craven Cottage that the fans have been clamouring to see in action over the past few months.
Tankovic, a Swedish under-18 international born to Bosnian parents, caught the eye of several big European clubs whilst at boyhood club IFK Norkopping - and now it seems as though Fulham might have trouble keeping him as well.
This week it has been reported that Arsenal and Tottenham want to convince him to travel north in London - and with his contract due to expire at the end of the season The Cottagers are practically helpless in their pursuit to keep him if he desires a move.
His agent Fabio Alho stated this week:
“Fulham are very pleased with Tankovic and see him as someone with big potential. They definitely want to keep him. We’ll sit down and talk [about a new contract]. I won’t comment [on rumours about Tottenham and Arsenal] but it doesn’t sound impossible.”
The talented striker, compared to Dimitar Berbatov in his effortless playing style, is certainly a talent to keep your eye on in the future.
And this week he has been speaking to Swedish publication Fotbollskanelen.se about his dreams and aspirations - some of which are very optimistic and positive indeed:
“Some might settle for being 24-years-old and signing for a club in Holland, but in my eyes it's not great. I want more than that. My goal is to one day become one of the world's best, who plays for Real Madrid and win the Ballon D'Or. That may sound cocky, but when I'm 24 I do not want to be in the Eredivisie.”
He says it makes him sound cocky - but perhaps it simply makes him sound confident in his obvious ability. As long as that borderline between arrogance and uber-confidence is never overstepped the player certainly has a chance at becoming a top talent.
“I will work hard and give everything in training to show that I deserve a place in the league and starting line-up here at Fulham. There are very many talented guys at my position and it will not be easy. But if I take myself into the Premier League to make my goals and offer show it can go quickly. Such is football. One day maybe Real ringing and wants me. You have to be realistic in what you do - but you have to be able to dream too.”
Tankovic, known to his friends as ‘Mujo’, is ready to fight for a place in the Fulham first-team and continuing to impress Rene Meulensteen for the under-21’s and in training will certainly afford him more of those opportunities as the year continues.
As for a future move to Arsenal or Tottenham sounds - somehow we feel he might just have his designs on Real Madrid.
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