Date: 28th March 2019 at 9:34pm
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Joachim Andersen spoke out about the rumours linking him with a move to Tottenham among other clubs and says it’s a “positive” thing to be mentioned as it means he’s doing well at Sampdoria.

The 22-year-old has made 37 appearances since joining from FC Twente in 2017 is a regular at the heart of the defence this season. He’s started 27 of Sampdoria’s 28 Serie A games, steering then to 12 wins and nine clean sheets.

Andersen has made 126 clearances, blocked 14 shots, won 68 aerial duels (58%) and has averaged a tackle (36) or interception (34) every 35 minutes.

Tottenham have been linked as Mauricio Pochettino could be in the market for a central defender. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are out of contract in 2020 and may need replacing if they don’t sign a new deal.

The uncapped Dane was asked about the rumours of Tottenham’s interest and admitted being flattered. He said to Danish outlet BT (translated by Sport Witness): “It’s football. That’s how it is.

“I just play and then it is positive mention for me that there are written about a lot of big clubs. I can’t do much about it myself. I’ll do it as well as possible. Then I have to take a stand if something comes.”

If Spurs are unable to tie down Alderweireld and Vertonghen to new deals, Tottenham will be left with only Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth next year. Andersen could be one of many defenders signed in the next two transfer windows as a result.

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