Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim insists he doesn’t care about reports linking Marcus Edwards with a return to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, speaking to But Futebol.

You could have tied the Puskas prize, tied a knot in it and mailed it to Lisbon.

Only a point-blank save from Hugo Lloris deprived Edwards of what would have been one of the finest solo goals ever seen in the Champions League; the Enfield-born striker running through the Spurs defence, squirming past three, four, even five challenges while reminding everyone why Mauricio Pochettino once saw fit to compare a teenage Edwards with a young Lionel Messi.

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Could Tottenham Hotspur bring Marcus Edwards back from Sporting Lisbon?

“That’s the type of player he is. He plays with so much freedom and so much joy,” said former Spurs team-mate Paris Maghoma. ESPNnot at all surprised to see a player he knows better than most take a match by the scruff of the neck and aim for something special.

“It was just a known thing that Marcus is a ‘mini Messi’. He just plays like him. The same was Messi is like Maradona, Marcus is like Messi.

“I personally think he could be one of the best players England have ever seen, and that’s me being honest. I’m set for that for calling him the greatest player of all time. But I honestly think he’s the best player I’ve ever seen.

“If he continues, nothing says he can’t be nominated for a Ballon d’Or.”

According RegistrationTottenham are already considering the prospect of bringing Edwards, 23, back to the club he left for Vitoria Guimaraes in the summer of 2019, following an ill-fated loan spell at Norwich City.

Not that Amorim is losing much sleep. Speculation, as Amorim discovered when Aston Villa and Wolves were recently looking for a new head coach, goes hand in hand with personal success.

“Nothing worries me”

“I don’t care. (Speculation) is part of (football). After the summer nothing worries me anymore,” says Amorim.

“We will be more and more prepared for the departure of players. He has his release clause, his value. It’s not a question for me. For me, it’s about preparing all the players in the squad and the future of Sporting.

“I don’t care if they are coveted, it’s normal. Marcus, especially in the Champions League, was very good. He’s an English player and it may affect the market, but I don’t see (his departure) happening easily.

Edwards has a £52m release clause in his contract. The floating-footed striker has seven goals and six assists in all competitions this season; thriving wide on the right or in the middle as a “false nine”.

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