Ex-Tottenham forward Marcus Edwards says he wants to return to the Premier League “one day”, with Tottenham in line to receive a £26million sell-on fee if he gets his wish by returning to the Premier League in the future.
Marcus Edwards channeling his inner Lionel Messi 😲
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The 23-year-old, who former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino once compared to Messi, almost scoring a wonder goal with Lionel Messi-esque run and was awarded MOTM in a 2-0 victory over Spurs in the Champions League. But, said the result was not made sweeter by the opposition.
It feels great and I think we deserved it. We showed how we can play, ” Edwards told BT Sport.
“I wouldn’t say extra special, but it was a special feeling to play against Spurs. It was good to see people I know – players and coaching staff.
“I stayed the same. Focus was the same. It’s a proper family environment here and I couldn’t be happier.
“It’s home, so of course I want to come back there [to the Premier League] one day. I just focus on what I’m doing here for now.”
‘He will have a bright future’- Hugo Lloris on Marcus Edwards.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris praised Edwards for his performance against his former club, saying he will have a bright future.
Lloris said: “He’s more mature now but has the same quality we could see a few years ago when he trained with the first team.
“He has the perfect profile to play in that type of team and that type of league, but obviously, if he continues in the same way, he will have a bright future.”
Marcus Edwards’ journey to limelight.
The player who has been nicknamed the ‘Mini Messi,’ came through the club’s youth academy before joining Vitoria Guimaraes in 2019 on a free transfer, in return for a 50 per cent sell-on fee.
Sporting paid almost £9m to sign the 23-year-old from Vitoria in 2019 and agreed to Tottenham transferring his 50 per cent sell-on clause, rather than putting the deal at risk and the English club pocketing just £4.5m from that transfer.
Edwards joined Sporting in January on a contract that runs until 2026 and contains a release clause worth just under £52 million, which means Spurs could one day bank half of that fee.
So far the Spurs academy product has scored six times in 23 games for Sporting, and has even been tipped by his manager, Ruben Amorim, to be called up to the England squad.