Tottenham Hotspur striker target Saido Berahino has dismissed specularion that his comments stating a desire to play in the UEFA Champions League mean that he will be departing West Bromwich Albion instantly.
The newly called up England forward responded to the rumours of his imminent departure by clarifying that his comments do not mean he will be switching imminently.
He said, “Me saying that doesn’t mean I will leave this year or next year.
“No-one knows. It is just an ambition I have but no-one knows what the future holds.
“I am enjoying my football and I’m playing well at the moment and scoring goals so I’m just letting my football do the talking.
“I am still young and learning in every game. I am taking each game as it comes and I’m still a long way from where I want to be as a player.”
Berahino will be part of the next England squad, and should he get a taste for it he will know that he has a much better chance of achieving call ups at a bigger club such as Tottenham, who have expressed strong interest in him.
However Berahino is only playing his second season in the West Brom first team, and appears to appreciate that first team football at his current club may be as valuable to his development as anything he could gain from moving to a top club.
Eventually Berahino will want to play I the Champions League, as just about every other player aspires to, but he is prepared to wait for the right opportunity, and may not push for a move to Tottenham in the New Year.