Agent of Spurs-linked forward gives reason he could leave Napoli

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Goran Pandev’s agent says the reported Tottenham Hotspur target wants to stay at the San Paolo - but is unhappy with his opportunities under Rafael Benitez.

Competing with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne for minutes, Goran Pandev saw his stock at Napoli drop in 2013-14.

The veteran Macedonian looked the odd man out in a talented group of attackers at the San Paolo, granted just 17 Serie A starts despite a decent return of seven goals.

And with the Partenopei squad brimming with talent up front and the 30-year-old second choice at best, he’s been widely tipped to move on to a new challenge in the coming months.

Tottenham were linked back in January with taking on the one-time Champions League-winner, the club still yet to confirm their next manager but preparing for the summer transfer window.

The future of £26million flop Roberto Soldado remains up in the air, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor lost his greatest advocate with the dismissal of Tim Sherwood from the helm.

As such, it’s possible Spurs could look to bolster their options up front with Pandev, who boasts five Coppa Italia trophies and a Serie A title in a addition to his Champions League win with Inter.

Agent Carlo Pallavicino has now weighed in on the situation, citing Napoli boss Rafael Benitez as a road block to Pandev’s preferred option of staying in southern Italy.

Pallavicino told Radio Mana Sport: “Pandev would like to stay at Napoli, he is happy in the city and with the Neapolitan fans.

“The issue relating to his staying with the Azzurri concerns Benitez - with the Spanish coach, Goran totalled a good number of appearances but with little playing time, demonstrating that he is not considered a first team regular.

“For next season, we are hoping to better understand the situation, Pandev wants to play and be a leader.

“Offers from elsewhere? For now it is too early, but I can definitely say that the Macedonian has several admirers both in Italy and abroad.”

Pandev is entering the final year of his contract at Napoli, and conceivably may find himself inclined to leave at a cut-rate price for a new adventure away from the San Paolo.

It seems an offer is yet to arrive from Spurs but should the North London outfit decide Pandev’s services are needed, he could well be open to a move if regular minutes can be promised at White Hart Lane.

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