Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has admitted to Argentine website TYC Sports that he is desperate to return to his home country of Argentina and play for the club he supported as a chile – Boca Juniors.
Gazzaniga, 28, is currently second-choice goalkeeper at Tottenham but has featured for much of the campaign, after Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow in a 3-0 defeat to Brighton earlier in the season.
It has seen the former Southampton stopper make 25 of his 37 Spurs appearances this term, despite joining the club in the summer of 2017. Spurs have been linked with signing a new goalkeeper this summer.
Indeed, Ajax’s Andre Onana has been strongly linked with Tottenham as Jose Mourinho looks set to strengthen his side. That would see Gazzaniga drop down the pecking order, and the Argentina international has claimed he wants to play for Boca.
“I am a fan and I would like to play one day at the club,” Gazzaniga said. He also said, though, that he would not move right now. “If Román (Riquelme) calls me today and I know it is him, I will not answer. (Esteban) Andrada is doing a good job.”
TBR’s view – Should Gazzaniga consider an exit this summer?
Gazzaniga has proved that, albeit with the odd mistake, that he is a decent top-flight goalkeeper that can cope with the pressures of Champions League football. To act as Lloris’ back-up, then, is surely now below him.
With the taste of game time still fresh, Gazzaniga should be considering a move to a European club that are certainly at least in the Europa League this summer in order to further his career and strengthen his international claims.
A move to Boca – who sit top of the Argentine Premier League – though, should be a transfer later on in his career. He still has much to offer in Europe, but does have more than two years left to run on his £20,000-a-week contract (Spotrac).