Agent of Italian starlet dismisses Tottenham rumours

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent has rubbished talk of interest from Tottenham Hotspur, as his client has eyes for Napoli.

The 22-year-old is seen as one of Italian football’s great attacking prospects, a diminutive forward with pace to burn and envious dribbling ability.

A favourite son of the football mad city of Naples, the miniature forward grew up in the Napoli youth academy and has only known his hometown club – temporary spells elsewhere excluded.

Insigne first garnered national attention during the 2010-11 campaign on loan at Foggia in Italy’s third division, scoring 19 league goals under boss Zdenek Zeman – renowned for his brand of ultra-attacking football.

The following term he would follow the Cech tactician to Pescara of Serie B, hitting the back of the net 18 times to earn a return to his parent club the ensuing summer.

Adapting to the top flight has slowed his frenetic pace in front of goal – but Insigne remains an object of envy around Europe, having particularly impressed at the Euro U-21 tournament this past June.

Rumours - seemingly quite unfounded - swirling about have suggested that Tottenham in particular are keen on bringing Insigne to White Hart Lane, but agent Fabio Andreotti has now poured cold water on speculation surrounding his client.

“I have read the rumours in the papers,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“[Spurs Technical Director Franco] Baldini is an admirer of Lorenzo, but no one from Tottenham has contacted me.

“Lorenzo wants to stay in Naples for a long time. We can only see his future being in Naples.”

Reports in October alleged that Insigne had a falling out with boss Rafael Benitez, but another of the player’s agents – Antonio Ottaiano – moved quickly to dispel such talk.

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