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German club take decision on young loanee Spurs came close to signing this season

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Tottenham Hotspur receive potential transfer boost as RB Leipzig not keen on Ilaix Moriba return from Valencia loan

According to Bild (h/t The Sun), RB Leipzig do not want their midfielder Ilaix Moriba to return to the club from his loan at Valencia in the summer, in what could be a potential transfer boost for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Guinea international, who was previously at Barcelona before his move to the Bundesliga, is currently plying his trade on loan at the Mestalla Stadium. The player joined Valencia on loan in the winter transfer window and will play for the Bats until the summer.

However, his parent club is not keen on seeing him return to Leipzig at the end of the season due to concerns over his behavioural issues in Spain, which have put them off from welcoming him back with open arms.

Ilaix Moriba is currently playing for Valencia on loan until the summer.
Ilaix Moriba is currently playing for Valencia on loan until the summer.

Last season saw Tottenham try hard to sign Moriba from Barcelona in the summer transfer window once this season had begun, but was unsuccessful as they lost out to Leipzig in the end. There was heavy interest for the midfield star from England, with Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea monitoring his situation.

Manager not happy

Despite losing out on the 19-year-old last summer, Tottenham may have potentially received a massive transfer boost if they decide to pursue the player at the end of the current campaign as Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco doesn’t want the midfielder to come back in the summer because of his supposed behaviour at the La Liga club.

The teenager is said to have made the physiotherapists at Valencia bring him grapes during the massages, showing disrespect to the staff. Tedesco is not too happy to hear about this incident, which reflects poorly on Moriba.

Ilaix Moriba is reported to have some behavioural issues at Valencia, which is RB Leipzig boss is not happy about.
Ilaix Moriba is reported to have some issues at Valencia, which the RB Leipzig boss is not happy about. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

For a player who is still so young, his actions off the pitch show him in a bad light. Professional footballers, especially starlets, are expected to be humble and keep their feet on the ground and work hard to achieve success in the game.

Their behaviour and interactions with everyone, including those outside the football ground, are an indication of how well trained the player is. Moriba, with his recent actions, has certainly brought shame to his parent club after the grapes incident as the German club are responsible for the midfielder, despite him being on loan at Valencia.

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Clearly a talented midfielder, the player will do well if he learns from this lesson and ensures that he does not repeat it. If things stay the same, and he is not wanted at Leipzig in the summer, perhaps the door may be open for Tottenham to swoop in for the Guinea star after failed attempts to sign him last year. However, as of now, there is no indication of that happening just yet.

Antonio Conte is a strict manager who demands the best from his stars at all times, and if Moriba makes a move to N17, the teenager will need to be on his best behaviour in order to do well in life and on the football pitch. Tanguy Ndombele’s questionable attitude while playing for the club, after all, saw him get sent back to Lyon on loan in January.

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