Dani Olmo has told Spanish newspaper Marca that there was “no way out” in the summer after remaining at Dinamo Zagreb, despite being linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur for the majority of the window.
Olmo, 21, starred for Zagreb last season – netting 12 goals and creating nine more. Since leaving Barcelona in 2015 for Zagreb, he has already clocked up 113 appearances in all competitions for the Croatian giants.
ESPN have since reported that Barcelona are now winning the race to sign Olmo and bring him back to the Nou Camp. The report also claims that Tottenham and Atletico Madrid were keen in the summer, but did not want to spend £35million.
Reflecting on what was a hectic summer for Olmo – he scored three goals in four Under-21 Euro 2019 games to win the trophy – he stated that he is happy he remained at Zagreb but claims there was no bids for his services in order for him to leave.
“In the end there was no way out but I’m glad I stayed at Dinamo,” Olmo said. “They have given me a lot and this year we have the opportunity to play in the Champions League after having an incredible campaign last year.
“In the end I didn’t have to make any decisions because I stayed. There was no way out, but now it is past and I am happy to have stayed. I have a contract until 2021 and whenever I wear this shirt, I will give my all.”
TBR’s view – Spurs should have signed Olmo when they had the chance
This season, Olmo has continued his stunning rise to stardom with five goals and five assists in 11 games for Zagreb. He is on the cusp of earning a senior call-up to the Spain squad – and is regarded as one of the country’s best up-and-coming talents.
At £35million, Spurs have bitten Zagreb’s hand off for a player like Olmo. Instead, Spurs are languishing in the Premier League with new signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon currently injured.