Talk has been rife of the north London outfit’s need for a left-back this term, with Danny Rose missing significant time through injury and disappointed in limited minutes.
No natural cover exists in Tim Sherwood’s squad for the 23-year-old - right-sided defender Kyle Naughton filling in as needed whilst centre-back Jan Vertonghen has also been exiled out wide.
As a wing-back in Walter Mazzarri’s preferred 3-5-2 formation he’s racked up five goals and three assists - starting 21 of 23 games to cut a constant figure for the Nerazzurri.
It’s exactly this type of consistency that has attracted a wealth of European clubs to the Japan international - particularly Tottenham given the lack of stability at left-back.
Representative Roberto Takuda has now opined that whilst it’s too early to refresh Nagatomo’s terms in Milan - his current deal expires in June 2016 - though also admitted the 27-year-old has no desire to move on.
“It’s too early to address the talk surrounding a renewal,” he told Calciomercato. “Nagatomo still has a two year contract with Inter - we’ll definitely discuss it at the beginning of next season.
“Yuto has been clear on his intentions: he’s fine in Milan and there’s no reason to change teams.”
Most damning for Spurs, however, was Takuda’s direct acknowledgement of their reported interest.
“The London club [Tottenham] closely followed my client some years ago. Now there’s absolutely nothing there.”
Perhaps Sherwood’s side haven’t actually been chasing the Japanese at all, rumours being rumours - or his agent quite simply dismissed any sort of recent attempt on him at the outset.
Whatever the background, though, what’s nearly certain is that Nagatomo won’t be gracing the pitch at White Hart Lane with his pacey presence any time soon.
And the search goes on for Tottenham.
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