‘Ready to leave’ – Fabrizio Romano confirms Tottenham star wants out as Man Utd links are revealed

One of the worst kept secrets in sport has been verified by Fabrizio Romano: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is trying hard to leave Tottenham in 2024, while chances of a move to shock bidders Manchester United look to have faded.

In what ultimately turned out to be a really disappointing and frustrating season, the Dane was a crucial player for Spurs last year. Hojbjerg was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise hopeless campaign, as Tottenham dropped down the table to finish ninth and outside of the European spots.

Ange Postecoglou, the new manager, prefers a center midfield axis of Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr. With a new manager, though, comes fresh ideas, and Hojbjerg has seemingly found himself surplus to needs. The pair have been particularly strong thus far, as evidenced by the fact that the Australians’ fresh-faced lineup is now seated fourth after winning four and drawing two of their six games thus far.

That leaves Hojbjerg kicking his heels on the sidelines; the Dane has played just 80 minutes of Premier League action overall and has only appeared five times as a substitute.


Although a possible summer transfer to Atletico Madrid was widely reported, the LaLiga giants were ultimately unable to reach an agreement because Spurs were holding out for a cost of around £25 million.

The player, however, is still adamant about leaving after failing to persuade Postecoglou that he deserves to start every game. As a result, he has been connected to a fantastic escape path to one of the top clubs in Italian football.

In any case, it is obvious that Hojbjerg is committed to pursuing a transfer abroad given that the player severed ties with his agent this week.

Fabrizio Romano confirms Hojbjerg exit plan and Man Utd interest

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano  provided an update on the Tottenham midfielder and revealed all about Manchester United’s interest in him over the summer.

“Important to mention something on Pierre Hojbjerg. Tottenham midfielder, he was on the list of Atletico Madrid during the summer, they tried on deadline day but it was almost impossible to agree a deal with Tottenham for Hojbjerg on deadline day.

“And also important to mention that he was on the list of Manchester United, it was a three-man list in midfield with [Sofyan] Amrabat the priority, Youssoufa Fofana and Pierre Hojbjerg also included in the list.

“But in the end Manchester United were able to sign the player that they wanted, Sofyan Amrabat.

“But for Hojbjerg the contract with his agent has ended and so he’s looking for the opportunities, new options and the January transfer window could be interesting for Hojbjerg because he wants to try a new chapter in 2024.

“It could be January, it could be summer but for sure, Hojbjerg is looking for a new opportunity.”

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It would come as no surprise were Hojbjerg to leave in the winter window if the right opportunity comes along. At his age, he needs to be playing regular first-team football and will be a huge asset for whichever club happens to land on his services.

Thankfully for Spurs, that appears certain to be a club overseas, with Man Utd unlikely to launch a fresh bid.

Hojbjerg arrived at Spurs in a £15m move from Southampton in summer 2020. The former Bayern Munich man has appeared on 148 occasions for Spurs, scoring 10 goals in that time. The 69-times capped Denmark star is contracted at N7 until June 2025.

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