Espanyol centre-back Hector Moreno has played down the speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur by labelling it as just a rumour.
The Mexican international was a key player at the La Liga club under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, and the White Hart Lane outfit’s shortage of defenders has sparked rumours of a possible reunion.
So far this season, the former AZ Alkmaar ace has yet to make an appearance in the Spanish top flight as a result of a long-term injury, although he made a comeback appearance for the reserves on Tuesday.
Spurs are in desperate need of adding more bodies to their defensive ranks, and the potential signing of Moreno in January would certainly make sense if Espanyol are willing to sell.
The 26-year-old, however, played down the reports linking him with a move to North London and admitted his only focus now is to regain his spot in the Espanyol first-team.
“Right now I don’t know [what the future holds]. All I want to do is play, have minutes, be able to feel important at Espanyol. For now [Spurs] are just rumours,” he is quoted as saying by the Spanish paper AS.
"My dream is to play with the best teams in the world, play in European competitions, and be fighting for titles. I work for it, but now my reality is Espanyol, my reality is to earn a spot in the starting line-up.”
Moreno was a key performer for Mexico at the World Cup in Brazil, with many observers feeling his injury sustained in the 2-1 defeat to Holland ultimately cost them a place in the quarter-finals.
He was named Espanyol’s Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season, playing 35 league games and helping the club fend off relegation by five points.