D’Aversa Advises Tottenham-Linked Damsgaard to Stay at Sampdoria

Mikkel Damsgaard is in high demand, although nobody has met the asking price yet. New Sampdoria gaffer Roberto D’Aversa urged the club and the player to resist the offers. He believes they would benefit technically and economically from such decision. The manager explained why to La Repubblica.

“I would like to coach him next season, but I am aware I might lose him. During our first meetings before the Euro, I told the president that it would be hard to keep Damsgaard. On the other hand, it would help him a lot if he spent another year in Italy.”

“Dejan Kulusevski represents a prime example of how advantageous that could be. He played only a couple of matches with Atalanta two years ago. He moved to Parma, where he featured regularly, and his evaluation ballooned up to €44M. I am convinced the same would happen with Damsgaard if he stayed. He notched 24 appearances last season, not always from the start.”

According to Il Secolo XIX, the club plans to give him a focal role in the upcoming season. For starters, he will don the no.10 jersey. Damsgaard touched on his future in a recent interview with the Guardian: “Whatever happens, I think I am going to be happy.”

While owner Massimo Ferrero offered him to Roma, most of the interest is coming from abroad. Tottenham reportedly made a bid, but it was rejected as it was too low. Sampdoria are looking to get €35/40M from the possible sale of the starlet, the local newspaper suggests.