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Misunderstood Tottenham star reveals ‘offers’ to leave and makes stance on exit crystal clear

Emerson Royal and Cristian Romero celebrating

Tottenham defenders Emerson Royal and Cristian Romero

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero has revealed he has already been approached to leave the club this summer – but has absolutely no intention of doing so.

Romero has now completed two seasons with Tottenham, but the most recent was a disappointing one for the club. Indeed, they have missed out on European qualification for next term after only finishing eighth in the Premier League.

Spurs have handed the managerial reins to Ange Postecoglou and are setting out on a new era. However, they are at risk of losing some key players.

Harry Kane is into the final year of his contract and Tottenham’s owner Joe Lewis has told Daniel Levy to sell the striker if he does not renew his deal, prompting interest from Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and maybe Man Utd.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is keen on an exit to Atletico Madrid, and Tottenham have agreed to sell Davinson Sanchez to Spartak Moscow.

But while Sanchez will be departing their defence, the generally more reliable Romero has batted away claims he could be on his way out too.

Responding to claims he cares more about Argentina – with whom he won the World Cup in December – than his club, Romero hit back by telling reporters at an event in Perth Children’s Hospital that he would have left if that was the case.

Romero said: “The people that say this clearly don’t know me because I’m contracted to the club for many (more) years.

“I always try to give my best. Obviously last season it didn’t always turn out great and you accept that. But I always try to give absolutely everything on the field.

“If I didn’t feel the same passion, I would look to leave the club. Obviously I’m not happy with how last season ended for me and I’m the first to hold my hands up and say it wasn’t the best season but when I got offers from other clubs to move away for this coming season, I said no because I want to have my best years here.

“I really like the Premier League, I really like Tottenham and I want to be here for many more years to come.”

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Romero ready to spend prime years at Tottenham

At the age of 25, Romero is approaching the prime of his career. His contract with Tottenham is due to last until 2027.

Spurs are in the market for reinforcements at centre-back this summer. However, of their existing options in the role, Romero is perhaps the one with the safest future.

He has made 64 appearances for the club since joining them from Atalanta on an initial loan deal, which became permanent last summer.

Reports from TNT Sports in his native Argentina last month suggested Tottenham could send Romero back to another of his former clubs, Juventus, in a part-exchange deal for Gleison Bremer.

But it appears that move and any other exit route would be a non-starter for the South American.