Ruslan Malinovskyi sent message over rejecting Tottenham to join Marseille this month
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Ruslan Malinovskyi sent message over rejecting Tottenham to join Marseille this month

Former Ukraine international Yevgen Levchenko has told his countryman Ruslan Malinovskyi he was right to reject Tottenham.

Reports from Tuttomercatoweb last month claimed that Spurs have always been in the race to sign Malinovskyi, but he joined Marseille earlier in January.

It seems Tottenham’s priorities for this transfer window are a right wing-back and a forward to add variety and competition to the squad.

Journalist Alasdair Gold claimed the club would have signed a central midfielder if they felt it was an opportunity which could not wait until the summer, but that man will not be Malinovskyi.

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Malinovskyi told he was right to reject Tottenham

Levchenko said: “I don’t think that being 30 years old, this is a step backwards. When you are 30 years old, you think carefully about all the options.

“If Malinovskyi moved to England, to Tottenham? I don’t think he would have played there. Marseille is also a volcano. If you don’t play with your heart, and with fire in your eyes, the fans will kick you out.

“Look at the squad, at the coaches that the fans kicked out. In this club, you need to work 100 per cent. Marseille are a great team that can play in the Champions League.

“Tudor knows him. If they believe in him, then he will be able to play at the best level.”

Spurs seem likely to make two signings at most this month, and a 30-year-old Malinovskyi was not an urgent priority in the circumstances.

It is not a move which would have really got fans’ pulses racing or transformed belief that Spurs would make the top four or win a trophy this term.

He has been described as an ‘extraordinary‘ talent, and may well improve a Marseille side Spurs beat to make the Champions League knockout rounds.

But Spurs fans will hope their club have something better planned between now and the end of the transfer window.

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