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Tottenham’s imminent signing Riqui Puig from Barcelona reflects long-term planning

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Tottenham’s imminent signing Riqui Puig from Barcelona reflects long-term planning

Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term planning at White Hart Lane looks set to continue as reports from Spain indicate that Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona teen sensation Riqui Puig.

Catalan newspaper SPORT believe that Tottenham are in advanced talks with the 18-year-old who is wanted by a host of clubs from across Europe, with Barcelona also doing all they can to retain his services and have offered him a spot in the squad of their B team in an attempt to persuade him to stay.

The central midfielder is very highly thought of within Spain and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be the driving force behind a deal for Puig, indicating again his commitment to the cause despite interest from elsewhere.

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A talented central midfielder, Puig has developed a reputation for his superb passing game and ability on the ball, acting as a creative playmaker and often looking to bomb forward himself.

He is so respected in fact that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has spoken of his potential, being quoted by SPORT as saying, “he is a lad with a lot of enthusiasm, with the Barça style. I don’t know what future holds for him, but we hope he has a big future at the club.”

Such a move, competing with the elite of European football, reflect Tottenham’s ongoing efforts to match their desire to become players at the top end of the game. By bringing through and developing exciting talents from both home and abroad, the future is looking bright for Tottenham.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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