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Marcel Sabitzer opens up on Tottenham links

By Henrik Petersen

RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has reacted to speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham.

Marcel Sabitzer.
Marcel Sabitzer.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

Marcel Sabitzer netted twice in RB Leipzig's 3-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League in March, catching the eye of Spurs manager José Mourinho, who is said to be keen on bringing the Austrian international to London.

The midfielder has now reacted to the reported interest from the English Premier League side.

"Football lives on rumors. And when you play good games internationally, it's normal that something like this comes up and interest is expressed. But right now, I'm only focusing on the upcoming tasks. Above all, I want to finish the season first. That's my top priority. And then we'll see how things stand," Sabitzer told Sport Bild and added:

"It's definitely a confirmation of your performances. That feels good, and it's fun right now. That's why I would have liked to continue after the games against Tottenham. But I'll try to keep going as hard as I can."

Sabitzer wouldn't say he has a long-standing dream of playing in the Premier League.

"I'm generally open to everything. I don't want to rule anything out. We'll see," he said.

Asked if he believes it's the money in English football that makes the Premier League so attractive, he responded:

"I'm doing very well financially here, too. It's not my motivation to move there and build a money bin. I like playing for RB. But I have played in England a couple of times, with the national team as well, and the atmosphere inspired me. The way the fans read the game and cheer show that they understand football. A tackle is sometimes cheered, as is a diagonal ball.

"I like watching the Premier League, and I can imagine that it's fun to play there," the 26-year-old said.

Sabitzer's contract with RB Leipzig runs until 2022.

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