The agent of Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga says it would be his “dream” to bring the Spurs academy graduate to Napoli one day, in conversation with Corriere Dello Sport.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season with Tottenham last term, making his debut in the League Cup defeat to Colchester United before making his Premier League bow against Liverpool on 11 January.
Although Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat, Tanganga – part of a three-man defence along with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez – put in a great performance, especially considering the baptism of fire in taking on the European and world champions.
The versatile youngster made 11 senior appearances for Spurs in all competitions last season, including six in the Premier League, and in July, signed a new long-term contract – reportedly worth £25,000-a-week – which keeps him at the North London club until 2025.
Roberto De Fanti, who represents Tanganga, told Corriere Dello Sport that, whilst his client is effectively off limits due to his new contract, he would love for him to one day join the Serie A title challengers.
“He has almost unique features: combining physicality, speed and technique,” said De Fanti. “The only problem is that we decided to stay with Spurs, extending his contract.
“Any potential suitor will have to deal with the London club’s management. Obviously we all know the history of Napoli and for me, as an Italian, it would be a dream to bring Japhet there one day.”
Any suggestion of a move, even if it’s a dream scenario and/or said in jest, is unlikely to go down well with any parent club’s camp, and it’s unlikely that Daniel Levy and co will be impressed by De Fanti’s comments.
With Tanganga having penned a new contract until 2025, he’s all-but off limits for the time being, and although he hasn’t quite nailed down a first-team spot just yet, he has progressed a lot this year and Jose Mourinho is likely to give him more opportunities next term.