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Bryan Gil, Giovani Lo Celso prospects uncovered as both return to Tottenham training

Giovani Lo Celso Argentina June 2022

Tottenham pair Bryan Gil and Giovani Lo Celso have returned to pre-season training with the club, but both players are “looking to pack their bags” this summer, claims a report.

Both Gil and Lo Celso were allowed to leave on loan by Antonio Conte in January. Gil joined Valencia, while Lo Celso arrived at Villarreal and had a terrific spell.

Gil played 17 times for Valencia and claimed one assist. While Lo Celso, who featured in an attacking role, played 22 times, scoring once.

The pair have returned to Tottenham for medical testing, but their futures look away from the club.

Super Deporte, via Sport Witness, explain they are “looking to pack their bags” in the hope of more regular game time.

Gil, 21, is expected to get another loan deal sanctioned by Conte. And Real Sociedad are said to be leading the hunt for the winger with a return to Valencia unlikely.

The LaLiga club have been described as a “ticking time bomb”. And another spell in south-east Spain looks out of the question.

There is understood to be at least four top-tier Spanish clubs interested, leaving Valencia, whose behind the scenes structure is unclear, struggling.

Lo Celso, unlike Gil, is a player that Spurs could look to offload permanently. Such was the impact of Lo Celso in Spain, Villarreal chairman Fernando Roig has expressed his desire to bring Lo Celso back to the club.

Conte is understood to be ready to let the Argentine leave on a permanent basis. And his form last season will help Spurs get close to £27.2m they paid Real Betis in 2020.

Conte: Lo Celso is a good player

The Spurs boss gave the green light for Lo Celso to depart in January, hinting that he was not suited to the Premier League.

“He needed to play with regularity, with continuity,” said Conte in April

“For this reason he went to Spain in a league he knows very well because he played very well and Tottenham bought him when he played in that league. To go back there and show he’s in good form is good for everybody. Especially because Tottenham paid a lot of money for him,” Conte added.

“I am very happy because he is playing every game. He’s showing he’s a good player but I never said he’s not a good player. I said this league is a very difficult league because it is not enough to have great quality and it’s important to play with great intensity and strength.”

Villarreal though will need to offload players this summer before they can think about investing in their squad.

That will complicate the situation and Spurs are not said to be in a rush to sell Lo Celso. They know that playing for Spurs in pre-season will put him in the shop window.

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