Nicolo Zaniolo makes plans clear with Tottenham and Manchester City linked

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) speaks with Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino before the English Premier League football match between...

Premier League duo Manchester City and Spurs reportedly want to sign Roma's Serie A starlet Nicolo Zaniolo this summer.

Nicol Zaniolo of AS Roma celebrate after scoring a goal during Italian Serie A 2018

Nicolo Zaniolo appears to have put pay to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City’s hopes of a big money summer deal by confirming to Sky Italia that he has his heart set on committing his future to Roma.

The 19-year-old Italy international has been the subject of almost incessant speculation since he shot to fame with two goals in Roma’s Champions League knockout stage victory against Porto in the spring.

A dynamic and skilful central midfielder who has been likened to Paul Pogba by Italy boss Roberto Mancini (Gazzetta dello Sport), Calciomercato claimed that Tottenham sent scouts to watch Zaniolo as the Giallorossi beat Juventus 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

 

This came just a few weeks after Tuttosport reported that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were readying a bid of £43 million for Zaniolo, who has also caught the eye of Premier League champions Manchester City.

But the former Inter Milan youngster only has one thought in his mind – and it doesn’t involve a summer move.

Nicolo' Zaniolo of AS Roma celebrates scoring first during the Serie A match between AS Roma and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 3 April 2019.

"I still have four years left on my contract and I'm happy here. I see my future at Roma," Zaniolo told Sky. "My agent will talk to the club at the end of the season.

"It's always pleasing to have interest from great teams, but I'm focused on Roma and the last two league games. I'm positive about the [contract] renewal and I'm happy to stay."

Tottenham and Manchester City might have to look elsewhere, then, for a talented midfielder who could fill the void left by the potential exits of Christian Eriksen and Ilkay Gundogan this summer.

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on April 20,...

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