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‘Interesting and intelligent’: Spurs-linked £10m man praised by one of greatest footballers of all time

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‘Interesting and intelligent’: Spurs-linked £10m man praised by one of greatest footballers of all time

Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Michal Karbownik has been praised by Poland legend Zbigniew Boniek, in conversation with TVP Sport.

The 19-year-old is deemed one of Poland’s brightest young talents, with 24 senior appearances for Legia Warsaw under his belt already since breaking into the first team last year.

A report in The Mirror (26/04, p68) claims that Tottenham have been monitoring Karbownik – believed to have a £10million price tag – for around a year.

Dinamo Moscow, AC Milan and Real Betis were also thought to be keen on the youngster, claimed the same report.

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The Daily Record, meanwhile, said Celtic were also in the hunt for the Polish prodigy, while El Desmarque has cited interest in him from Sevilla.

Boniek, who won numerous trophies with Juventus in the 1980s and was named in Pele’s “FIFA 100” list back in 2004, spoke highly of his compatriot.


“He is a young, ambitious boy who is developing quickly,” Boniek – head of the Polish Football Association – said, in quotes translated by Meczyki.

“Karbownik is an interesting and intelligent player about whom (Poland) coach Jerzy Brzeczek said that he wanted to call him to the national team.

“I think that we will have a lot of use from him, but only if he continues to work calmly.”

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Karbownik is an exciting young prospect, who has already been entrusted with the left-back position in Legia’s main team despite being right-footed, and can play on both sides of defence as well as in midfield (Transfermarkt).

With Spurs arguably needing reinforcements at both full-back positions as well as defensive midfield, the teenager could be a versatile up-and-coming option for Mourinho, while his reported £10million price tag is relatively modest.

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