Steaua Bucharest Defender Vlad Chiriches Staying Put

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Romanians claim stopper won’t be leaving.

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Steaua Bucharest have put a block on Vlad Chiriches from making a dream move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Reports in both Romania and England had suggested that the 23-year-old was on the verge of completing a move to White Heart Lane for a fee of around £7 million, but only after Steaua had overcome Georgian club Dinamo Tiblisi in the the qualifying round of the Champions League this week.

Hoever, all hope of the move going ahead appears to have been dashed by club owner Gigi Becali, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence.

“It’s a difficult situation for Vlad,” Steaua coach Reghecampfs is quoted by Romanian broadcaster Digisport.

“We all decided that if an offer came on, he would leave after the Champions League play-off and I agreed that he should leave, but Gigi [Becali] has decided that he should stay and help us qualify for the Champions League.

“He will have to get over this and he is a boy with an incredible character, but he was affected. I’m still sure in the future he will go to a strong team from abroad.”

Chiriches has become known as one of the best young centre back’s in Europe and has previously been tracked by the likes of Milan duo AC and Inter and he came into English consciousness after Chelsea’s Europa League encounter with the club last season.

Steaua general manager Mihai Stoica added: “There is indeed an offer for Chiriches, the highest ever received in Romanian football.

“But until winter he will not leave under any circumstances. This could be a blow to Chiriches, but he should understand. He owes a lot to Steaua.

“Things are good, we are in qualifying for the Champions League. We are in good shape.”

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