London-based battle for Serie A midfield technician

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Highly rated Palermo midfielder Josip Ilicic has refuted claims he will leave Serie A at the end of the season amidst interest from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur reports talkSPORT.

The 23-year-old Slovenian international has been heavily coveted in recent months, and Ilicic's representative Amir Ruznic admitted that a number of clubs from the Barclays Premier League had enquired about his availability.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has the task of rebuilding his Stamford Bridge squad under orders from Blues owner Roman Abramovich who believes the majority of existing players are too old.

Ilicic has been earmarked as a potential summer recruit, with Ancelotti targeting a move to west London when the transfer window reopens in June.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will provide Chelsea with competition for the player's signature, as he too is in the market for central midfield additions.


As Spurs look to build on a successful campaign that saw them reach the quarter finals in their debut season in the Champions League.

Redknapp is adamant that his White Hart Lane squad will need strengthening further in order to take Tottenham to the next level.

Whether Ilicic will be one of the players to do that remains to be seen, after he played down speculation linking him with a move to either Spurs or Chelsea.

“I have a four-year contract and I am happy at Palermo," he explained.

"I don't know if there are other teams following me and I am not even planning to discuss my contract again.

"I am not thinking about it because my job is on the pitch and in training.

"The contract is up to my agent and (Palermo owner) Maurizio Zamparini."

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