Laurent Blanc says Benjamin Stambouli could make PSG debut on Tuesday

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The 24-year-old midfielder is yet to make the switch to Paris from Tottenham, but a deal is expected to be concluded on Monday afternoon.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has been discussing his club's transfer for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, in quotes in La Parisien.

There had been reports that the Spurs man had jetted out to New York for a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee of somewhere around £6 million, according to the Independent.

And the former Manchester United defender revealed that a deal was so close that the player could well make his debut for the French champions in Tuesday's friendly against Fiorentina.

“Benjamin Stambouli will definitely join us tomorrow afternoon, Monday afternoon,” Blanc told Le Parisien yesterday.

“He has to pass a medical test and once this is the case he will be with us. He could play on Tuesday against Fiorentina but we need to do collective training with us before.

“He followed a normal preparation with his former club, even if he did nothing for two-three days.”

Stambouli will be delighted to be heading to PSG after it looked like he would be featuring for Watford next season.

The 24-year-old had made it clear his preference was to remain in the Premier League when his future was discussed earlier in the year, this Setanta report quotes him as saying, whether that would have been with Spurs or with another club, so it was to expected that a move to the newly promoted Hornets would have been attractive to the former Montpellier man.

In the same part of London, Stambouli would have been able to make minimal adjustments if he would have moved to Vicarage Road, aside from having a much higher level of football than he managed at Spurs, where he made just 12 Premier League appearances last season, many of them from the bench.

But, in all likelihood, Stambouli, who won the Ligue 1 title in 2012, would have been facing a relegation fight at Watford, with the club surely considering it to be a successful season if they were to finish in 17th place and avoid the drop.

Now set to move to Paris, Stambouli will arguably be stepping up from Spurs, signing for one of the richest clubs in Europe, and arriving at a side certain to be Ligue 1 challengers every season. He will also be involved in the Champions League, a campaign that the capital club have been slowly improving in in each passing season.

Though he may struggle to earn as many as minutes as a move to Watford would have given him, Stambouli is taking the place of Yohan Cabaye, who has moved to Crystal Palace, and possibly Thiago Motta, who has expressed an interest to leave the club. Each of those players made 36 appearances last season.

The only thing for Spurs fans to be considering is, if PSG are interested in signing him, is there a chance the North Londoners should have held on to the player longer than one season?

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