Pundit condemns Tottenham defender who has agent seeking new club

Date published: Monday 19th July 2021 7:55 - Dan Burnham

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Pundit Noel Whelan has condemned a Tottenham defender who is looking for a way out of the north London club this summer.

Spurs are set for a considerable change in their backline for next season. New manager Nuno Espirito Santo and new sporting director Fabio Paratici have quite the task on their hands. Not only did the club struggle to find a consistent centre-back partnership in 2020/21, but they could also lose first choice Toby Alderweireld for next season.

The Belgian has asked to leave the club in the transfer window. At the very least, he will be leaving within the next two years.

And to add to that, his fellow centre-back Davinson Sanchez is also looking to depart the capital in the coming weeks.

Speaking to Gol Caracol, his agent Nestor Villarreal revealed: “In the case of Dávinson and Duván [Zapata] we are working on some things, on the lookout and looking to see if something comes out.”

Sanchez, 25, joined the club on a six-year deal for a club record fee from Ajax in 2017.

He then signed a contract extension a year later to put his expiry back to June 2024.

The Colombian has since failed to impress and deliver on his hefty price tag, though. Despite there being three years to go on his agreement, Whelan believes his time with the club is up.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think he’s played his last game for Spurs.

“I’m not a big fan, to be quite honest with you. When he has been in the side, which has not been that often, he has not produced the goods. He has been a bit of a failure really.

“Lots of players come into the English game and struggle and he is one of them. He has never got used to the tempo and the aggression of the Premier League.

“The quality has not been there since he has joined Tottenham.”

Villarreal did state that his client has no issues with the club, so if nothing ‘better or more important’ comes up, he will still a Spurs player come the conclusion of the transfer window.

Sanchez softener shut down by Sevilla

Nuno wanted to utilise Sanchez to help gain a new centre-back who he views as a top target for his defence.

However, his €30m plus Sanchez offer for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has reportedly been turned down.

According to Marca, via Sport Witness, the player is chasing a move to a Champions League club.

The Spanish outlet report that the option of moving to Spurs “has been rejected” by the player himself.

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