Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot's glittering performances for the League Two club has already reportedly attracted interest from Premier League giants Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but his recent comments may see the duo miss out.
However, Wilmot has told Football League World in an exclusive interview that he does not want to leave Stevenage if it means he will not be assured first-team football.
That will surely rule the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham out of the running to nab Wilmot's signature. Tottenham boast the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld at the back, while Liverpool paid £75million for Virgil van Dijk.
Though Wilmot boasts huge potential that will surely see him become a Premier League regular in years to come, he is not yet equipped with the experience and defensive knowledge to take on the best in the world.
Spurs and Liverpool will have signed Wilmot and looked to have aid his development by playing him in their reserve sides, but instead Wilmot stated he would rather remain at Stevenage and benefit from first-team game time.
"No, not really. I’ve just been trying to play as many games as I can this season." Wilmot said, when asked about interest from Spurs and Liverpool.
On whether he is looking for first-team football, Wilmot said: "Yeah, pretty much. We might only play in front of four or five thousand people but playing in front of that is a real boost and you want to play in front of people every week.
"Going into an U23 side might not be what I want to do at the moment because getting as many professional games as I can is the aim right now."
In what will come as a big surprise, it may see Wilmot turn down the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool this summer in order to further his development with his boyhood side as he reckons first-team football is more beneficial at a fourth-tier level.
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