Mourinho given brush off again after enquiry for Real Madrid starlet

Date published: Wednesday 31st March 2021 9:02 - Matthew Briggs

Jose Mourinho Dinamo Zagreb v Tottenham March 2021

Tottenham have reportedly seen an enquiry for Real Madrid youngster Miguel Gutierrrez rebuffed by the LaLiga giants.

Jose Mourinho is understood to be a huge admirer of the 19-year-old defender. He tried to land Gutiérrrez while he was at Manchester United and remains keen on deal for the player. Defensa Central though suggest that Mourinho has been stonewalled by Los Blancos. They have no intention of losing one of their brightest young talents.

Promoted from the U19s Gutierrrez has impressed for their Castilla side under Raul. The left-back has scored once in 12 appearances for Madrid’s second string and he has had a number of offers to take him on loan from rival Spanish clubs.

Gutierrrez is also interesting the “big clubs” who consider the  youngster a “diamond in the rough”.

Among those clubs are Spurs, Juventus and Inter Milan, but Real see the player as one who can step up into the plans of Zinedine Zidane. The stance from Madrid is that they will not negotiate over Gutierrrez. And even their “friends” at Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund, with whom relations are “fluid”, have been told no.

The source claims the player has not asked to leave and has a contract until 2024. It seems that any suitors face an uphill struggle to land the youngster who is highly valued at Los Blancos.

Meanwhile, Club Brugge have initiated contacts over the signing of Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham and are determined to secure his signature, a report claims.

Alderweireld has started 18 games for Tottenham this season, but at the age of 32, may be considering a future away from the club. A return to his native Belgium, where he has never played at club level, has been on the cards for some time.


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Alderweireld interest

There are still two years left on the defender’s contract with Tottenham. However, his seven years of service to the club might not increase.

Reports back in January suggested that Brugge were interested in Alderweireld, whose father has already hinted that he could move to Belgium in the future.

He ultimately remained in north London for the rest of the season instead. But now, rumours of a return to his homeland are resurfacing.

According to Voetbal24 (via Sport Witness), Brugge still admire Alderweireld and want to sign him. Club president Bart Verhaeghe wants to take advantage of his desire to play in the Jupiler Pro League one day.

Verhaeghe sees an opportunity he does not want to miss. And interest from fellow Belgian side Royal Antwerp could force him into action.

As well as being rivals on the pitch, Verhaeghe is a business rival of Antwerp counterpart Paul Gheysens. Therefore, the Brugge chief wants to do whatever it takes to ensure Alderweireld does not end up at Antwerp.

With that in mind, Brugge have made contact to find out Alderweireld’s intentions. With time still to run on his contract, he will be in no rush to decide his future.

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