Palermo youngster Guiseppe Prestia reveals Tottenham, Chelsea offers

Tottenham and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Palermo defender Guiseppe Prestia.

Tottenham and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Palermo defender Guiseppe Prestia.

The Italy U19 international has just signed on-loan for Ascoli, but admits he has serious interest from both Premier League giants.

Prestia revealed: "It is true, I had been close to a move to England, but then I preferred to stay at Palermo. I was 14 years old when I was summoned by Antonio Rocca for the Italy Under-16s and I was seen by some observers of the Chelsea team that wanted to buy me.

"At that point in my life I was doing well in the youth of Palermo and national team, and did not want to upset everything, so I refused.

"A new proposal from England arrived at 16: Tottenham called me about trials for a week. The trial was very positive, but even then I preferred to stay in Palermo."

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