‘Hungry’ Tottenham target puts Mourinho on alert with serious exit hint

Date published: Thursday 14th May 2020 1:29 - Jonny Whitfield

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has been heavily linked with Tottenham, has revealed that he is “hungry” to reach the next level by winning the Premier League and Champions League.

The Denmark international moved to the south coast from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2016 and progressed impressively to become the club’s captain, after initially taking over the role from the injured Ryan Bertrand.

Previous reports have indicated that Hojbjerg is among Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s top targets as he continues to revamp his side’s midfield following the departure of Christian Eriksen.

Another report claimed that Tottenham intend to wait to see the impact of the global health crisis before weighing up their move but, speaking to Sport 1 (via Sport Witness), Hojbjerg insisted he is hungry for success now.

“I know what I want, the club knows it too,” Hojbjerg said. “I want to play at an even higher level than I am currently. The relationship between Southampton and me is fantastic.

“The club gave me the platform to grow. I’m not saying ‘Goodbye’ and I’m focused on my club, but my goal is very clear: I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League.”

Speaking about his career so far, Hojbjerg said: “When I was 23 I became a captain in a Premier League club.

“Now I’m hungry to get to the next level.”

 

Mourinho used his first transfer window as Spurs boss to make Giovani Lo Celso’s move from Real Betis to North London permanent, while Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes also arrived.

Elsewhere, Christian Eriksen left for Inter Milan having been linked with the Serie A side for several weeks prior to his move.

In other news, the latest European papers have indicated that Tottenham have an advantage in the race to sign a Portugal international.

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