Former Tottenham player Ilie Dumitrescu speaks about Vlad Chiriches

A former Tottenham Hotspur player has been talking about one of his countrymen, who is currently playing at White Hart Lane.

Former Tottenham Hotspur player Ilie Dumitrescu has been speaking in an exclusive interview with Inside Futbol about his countryman Vlad Chiriches.

Dumitrescu was part of the famous Romania side that took the 1994 World Cup by storm and his form in that competition led to his transfer to Tottenham from Steaua Bucharest that same summer.

Despite his £2.6million transfer fee, the forward went on to feature just 18 times for Spurs’ first-team scoring on only four occasions.

But having spent time at White Hart Lane, how does he feel his fellow Romanian Chiriches has settled in North London?

“I believe in Vlad Chiriches,” he told Inside Futbol. “He is working very hard. It is up to the manager (Mauricio Pochettino). He had fantastic seasons with Steaua Bucharest and I believe he is a great and important player.

“I’ve spoken to him a few times. I know he is training intensively and if the manager decides to give him a chance he will show his abilities.”

Chiriches signed for Tottenham in the summer of 2013, making 24 appearances in his debut season but prompting some Spurs fans to question his arrival and his quality.

This season he has featured less, making just 15 appearances in all competitions including just six in the Premier League.

He has impressed more as a right-back than a centre-back but the presence of Kyle Walker, DeAndre Yedlin and Eric Dier means Chiriches is unlikely to make that position his own any time soon.

That said, Dumitrescu clearly rates his countryman and with a contract at White Hart Lane until the summer of 2018, Chiriches still has time to turn things round.

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