Rangers loanee Dominic Ball has told The Scottish Sun that he is desperate to have a future at Tottenham one his deal at Ibrox ends.
Ball, 20, joined Tottenham from Watford back in 2011, and has been hoping to make his way up through the ranks at White Hart Lan ever since.
Last term, the centre back was sent out on loan to Cambridge United for half a season, before Spurs agreed to send Ball to Rangers for the entire campaign this term.
So far, Ball has largely been used as cover for starting centre back duo Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson at Ibrox, but he has impressed in his fleeting appearances so far.
Spurs will be monitoring his progress closely, especially considering how young players have been thriving under Mauricio Pochettino in North London.
The Argentine has overseen the development of star players such as Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and Spurs are benefiting from their youth policy having been beaten just once in the Premier League so far this season.
Now, defender Ball has told The Scottish Sun that he is enjoying the chance to play first-team football at Rangers, and wants to try and eventually break up the outstanding centre back partnership between Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the Tottenham defence.
"I’m exposed and playing in a massive stadium. It’s really what I want," said Ball. "Paul Brush at Spurs speaks to us at least every week to see how we’re doing. Our clips also get sent down every week, they watch them, and we get feedback on where we need to improve."
"Look at Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld at Spurs and how many games they have. Even Eric Dier. It’s all about getting that experience and I’m definitely getting it here. It’s going to be tough to get in at Tottenham but that’s to be expected. I watch every game and Vertonghen and Alderweireld have a real good connection there. But I need to try and force my way in — and if I’m good enough he’ll put me in."
"I’m close to plenty of the players there. You’ve got Andros Townsend, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, they were in the reserves when I first went there so I’ve played with them for years and watched them progress. Some have been out on loan, they’ve waited for their chance and then they’ve taken it. That’s the way Spurs do it and they do it well," he added.