Tottenham wonderkid target in 2013 leaves club after just 97 minutes of football

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Tin Jedvaj has joined Bayer Leverkusen from AS Roma after a tough year in Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur were one of several teams heavily linked with the signature of Croatian sensation Tin Jedvaj last summer. The 17-year-old central defender had quickly established a reputation as one of the best young players on the continent - with impressive displays at international youth level and for his club side Dinamo Zagreb.

It was even reported in Croatia and England that both Jedvaj and fellow superstar Alen Halilovic, now with Barcelona, had actually agreed a deal to join the club in the summer.

But in the end he did as so many Croatian talents do and decided a switch to Italy was in his better interests. On July 10th it was confirmed that Roma had signed the player for a fee of £4.3 million.

Jedvaj even publicly acknowledged the strong interest from Spurs after signing for Roma:

"In the last weeks, there had been a strong interest from Tottenham, but Roma did a strong negotiation and now I'm happy to be in this group. My hope is to win titles, to repay the faith the club showed me and to show myself at the best of my potential to help Roma get a European place.’’

But his season at AS Roma has been fuelled by controversy. Rudi Garcia the manager has not taken to him, whilst their were also issues with his registration at the beginning of his time in the Italian capital. In January he was supposed to join Hellas Verona on loan - before the deal was pulled by Roma after injury issues.

Overall, the Croatian wonderkid has played just 97 minutes of football for the Giallorossi and it looks like he may never play another.

Despite the player insisting he had no regrets at his move just a month ago he has now left - joining Bayer Leverkusen of the Bundesliga.

Their sporting director Rudi Voller was very pleased with the move, stating:

“Tin Jedvaj is a great talent that we have observed for some time. We hope that he will take the next step with us.”

Jedvaj joins on a two-year loan deal, which Bayer have the option to make permanent in 2016. Meanwhile Roma will have a buy-back option - should he prove them wrong in Germany.

Spurs fans will undoubtedly keep track of his time in the Bundesliga - to see if they missed out on a wonderkid, or dodged a bullet on a dud.

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