Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea in direct talks over Tottenham summer target Noni Madueke
Tottenham Hotspur were linked with Spurs academy graduate Noni Madueke in summer.
90Min claimed Spurs were one of the Premier League clubs eyeing the PSV Eindhoven star.
Although Tottenham don’t seem to be trying to sign Madueke this month, Chelsea appear to be in pursuit.
Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitter to claim the Blues were in “direct contact” with the Dutch giants.
He says Madueke is on Chelsea’s wish-list alongside Marcus Thuram, another player Spurs have been linked with.
Why did Madueke leave Tottenham Hotspur?
Madueke has made a real name for himself since swapping Tottenham for PSV in 2018.
The 20-year-old previously captained the Spurs Under-16s team.
The Mirror quotes Madueke as saying in 2021 that he left Tottenham because he wanted to play in “man football” instead of age-level football.
After making his debut for PSV in January 2020, he has gone on to make 50 appearances, scoring 11 goals.
“At 16 year old I felt I was ready for a first team,” The Mirror quoted Madueke as saying.
“I backed myself 100 percent. I am very impatient!
“The quicker you get young talents into first team football the quicker they get ahead of the talent of other nations.
“At PSV I am important for my team, scoring goals, and doing my job as an attacker.”
Madueke also said the Premier League is “is the best league in the world and every young English player wants to be there.”
The way things are going, he could soon be back in the English top-flight. However, it won’t be with Tottenham, but with a London rival instead.
Confidence and talent
It was a good call for Madueke to leave Spurs for first-team football in a different country.
Quite a few English youngsters have made the decision to leave England for the likes of Holland and Germany, and their careers have been on an upward trajectory.
English academy sides are incredibly competitive, and more often than not, the top talents in the U18s and U21s will be loaned out to EFL clubs for experience.
That’s not a bad thing, but if a player is confident – and good – enough to think he can get first-team football in another top-level league, they might as well go for it.