Mourinho admits Levy chat over wantaway trio
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he has spoke to chairman Daniel Levy over the futures of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
All three are free to leave Tottenham in the summer and do not look like putting pen to paper on new deals any time soon, with Eriksen reportedly telling Spurs he definitely will not be signing and is looking for a move away.
Mourinho had previously said that whether the Dane plays will be determined by his long-term future, and the fact he was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth seems significant.
The Portuguese has now closed ranks, though, admitting he’s held talks with chairman Levy and believes he can count on the trio but will not be publicly revealing where their long-term futures lie.
“I’m not going to discuss these individual things,” he said. “If I tell you that I didn’t speak with Mr Levy about Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, I would be lying. So, yes I’m speaking with Mr Levy about it.
“At the same time, I speak also with the players, with all of them. We speak and try to understand every detail but it’s not something I’m going to discuss.”
Despite the ongoing doubt over all three players’ futures, Mourinho added they are “ready to play” and are able to “forget the contractual situation”, in what will be a boost to Spurs, who have won all three games since Mourinho took charge.
All three could theoretically enter into negotiations with overseas clubs in January and one or all may yet be sold in the new year as Levy looks to at least recoup some cash for his wantaway first-team stars.
However, reports suggest Alderweireld and Vertonghen are now open to discussing new contracts following Mauricio Pochettino’s recent exit and Mourinho taking charge, but Eriksen is destined to depart.
Alderweireld and Vertongen are likely to keep their place in Mourinho’s side as he returns to Manchester United on Wednesday for the first time since his sacking at Old Trafford almost a year ago.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.