Lille defender Zeki Celik has confirmed that Tottenham were interested in him over the summer.

Tottenham were linked with a number of right-backs during the summer transfer window. They eventually opted for Matt Doherty from Wolves.

Another of the options before that deal was Celik, who has risen to prominence over the past couple of seasons. After making his senior international debut for Turkey in June 2018, he went on to join Lille in Ligue 1.

He has established himself as a first team regular in France. Celik started 23 of Lille’s 28 Ligue 1 games last season, having started 34 out of 38 in his first season there the year before.

The 23-year-old remains under contract until 2023, but is on the radar of a number of top clubs.

He continued to be linked with Tottenham even after they signed Doherty. Doubts remained about Serge Aurier’s long-term future, with a possible departure for the Ivory Coast international potentially leading to an opportunity for Celik to replace him.


Celik open to Premier League

Now, Celik has confirmed that he would be keen to test himself in the Premier League one day.

“I heard that there was interest from Tottenham,” he told So Foot (via Get French Football News). “But I don’t know if they made an offer.

“In any case, I know that the Premier League is a league that I am attracted to. But I am happy to have stayed here when you look at the start to the season that we have had.”


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Lille are second to PSG in the Ligue 1 table after 10 games this season. They were unbeaten until their most recent match.

Celik has started eight of those 10 league matches so far, and has even got on the scoresheet once.

For Tottenham, who are also second in their league, Doherty has started six games in the Premier League and Aurier has started the other two.


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