Tottenham wonderkid target in 2013 puts Italian nightmare behind him in Bundesliga

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Tin Jedvaj is putting his Roman nightmare behind him in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.

Tottenham Hotspur were one of several teams heavily linked with the signature of Croatian sensation Tin Jedvaj in 2013. The then 17-year-old centre-back 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 made a switch to Italy. 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.’’

However his time at AS Roma was far from positive. Rudi Garcia is not a big fan and there 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 played just 97 minutes of football for the Giallorissi before leaving the club this summer.

Jedvaj joined 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.

And at the moment he is certainly doing so.

He has played for the club in the Champions League qualifying stages and in the Bundesliga he has scored two goals in three games (he also scored an own goal, but ignore that).

Yesterday saw him bag his second as the defender surged up the pitch and fired a rocket of a strike in off the underside of the crossbar.

It was another performance which showed promising glimpses of the player Tottenham had reportedly signed last summer. Leverkusen might just be getting the best out of one of Europe's top teenagers.

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