Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos, who replaced the sacked Bernd Schuster at La Liga Champions Real Madrid on Tuesday, has revealed that Ivory Coast International Didier Zokora was the player that “impressed” the Spaniard most during his time in charge at the Premier League club.
Since taking up the post Ramos (left) has already been linked with January bids for Spurs wingers Aaron Lennon and David Bentley in the Spanish media. With the new coach at the Bernabeu needing to strengthen the right hand side of Los Merengues midfield.
Now Ramos has declared that 27-year-old Zokora was his most trusted player during his tenure at White Hart Lane, with the former St Etienne midfielder able to play in a number of positions for the former Sevilla coach at Spurs.
When asked, who his favourite player at the Premiership club was by Marca, Ramos replied: “The player that impressed me most was Zokora.”
An offer from Real could be forthcoming in January for Zokora due to an injury to Mali International Mahamadou Diarra being ruled out for the rest of the La Liga season, which has left the new Bernabeu boss short of numbers in the centre of the La Liga sides midfield.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will be reluctant to let Zokora leave Spurs, despite the former Portsmouth boss preferring England Under-21 International Tom Huddlestone to Zokora since his arrival from Pompey, when fit.
However, should Real make a substantial offer for Zokora, who cost Tottenham £8.5million from Les Verts in 2006. Then a switch to La Liga could materialise, with Redknapp needing to raise transfer funds to land targets of his own in January as he looks to stamp his own mark on the squad at White Hart Lane.