Ex-Roma player warns club against selling reported Tottenham target – Spurs Web

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Dario Bonetti has warned Roma not to sell Tottenham target Nicolo Zaniolo as he is an important part of the club’s ambitions.

Tottenham have been keeping a close eye on Zaniolo, 22, with an interest in the winger dating back two seasons ago (Mirror).

CalcioMercato reported earlier this week that the Italy international has remained on his radar, with Spurs chief executive Fabio Paratici continuing to monitor his progress in Serie A.

Talks over a new contract for Zaniolo are also deadlocked according to his agent Tiago Pinto, who recently refused to rule out a summer Roma departure (TuttoMercatoWeb).

However, former Roma and Italy defender Bonetti believes his former side should look to do everything in their power to keep Zaniolo as they believe the youngster will play an important role in the club’s competitiveness in the future.

Bonetti told TuttoMercatoWeb: “Nowadays the will of the player is fundamental. We know that if there is a risk of losing him for free, it is better to sell. And it is difficult to keep a player who wants to leave. .

“But Zaniolo is a very important player. A player with this ability, if fit, is essential. And if Roma want to make a plan to win, they can’t do without him.

“He can play anywhere in midfield. He’s strong one-on-one, he’s good in front of goal. He also knows how to express himself in various formations.

“We have to see what the objectives of the Roma are. If they want to monetize or if they want to earn. In the latter case, they absolutely cannot give Zaniolo.

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Tottenham’s links with Zaniolo have been quite widespread over the past two seasons and they don’t seem to be going away. He’s still young and has plenty of time to develop, but Spurs won’t be the only ones trying to steer him away from Roma – particularly if they see him as a key player in the team.

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