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Former Tottenham star claims key player might have been left out of Villa win due to transfer decision

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Spurs transfer news: Van der Vaart believes Vertonghen might want to leave Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen was one of the surprise omissions from the squad that faced Aston Villa.

The Belgian was seen in the stands with injured stars Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon.

Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen

Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the Belgian’s exit, and the manager claimed that only hardworking players would get a chance. The Argentine told Sky Sports (h/t Football.london):

“My decision today was to play Toby. If the players didn’t play today, they need to work hard to get their opportunity.”

However, former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart claims something else could have happened.

The defender is out of a contract at the end of the season, and Van der Vaart was quoted as saying (h/t Football.london):

“It was strange that he was not in the squad. Maybe something happens and he said he wants to go.

“When he’s fit, he’s a hundred percent a starting player.”

A surprising decision by Pochettino

Vertonghen is one of the best in the Premier League and leaving him out of the squad was a bit of a surprise.

The pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez did a decent job against Villa, however, we have to keep Vertonghen at all costs.

The Belgian can also play as a left-back and did really well in that position last season. The only issue with Vertonghen is his age, however, he still has a couple of quality years left in him.

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Tottenham cannot buy any players until the winter window and selling Vertonghen now would limit our options at the back.

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Mourinho shares three transfer targets for Tottenham – including one Premier League star

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Jose Mourinho wants to sign Nemanja Matic, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes

Jose Mourinho has shared his three main transfer targets to Daniel Levy, according to the Independent (h/t Express).

The report claims that Mourinho is hopeful of strengthening Tottenham in the winter window.

The three players that the new boss wants are Nemanja Matic, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes (h/t Express).

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Bruno Fernandes scored 20 league goals for Sporting Lisbon in the last season (Image credit: Getty)

Mourinho knows Matic from their time at Chelsea and Manchester United. The Serbian midfielder is set to leave the Red Devils (h/t Express) and it will be interesting to see if the manager can nab him from his ex-club.

Portuguese stars to save Tottenham’s season?

Tottenham have struggled this season for consistency. We lie 14th in the Premier League and need a string of wins to close the gap on the top four.

Fernandes has been linked with a move to the Premier League too (h/t Express) and has been in fine form this season.

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Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United last year (Image credit: Getty)

The 25-year-old has eight goals this season and could provide more attacking quality to the midfield.

The report claims that Fernandes could replace Christian Eriksen, who is a free agent at the end of the season.

Dias is an interesting name, given that he is one of the brightest defenders in Portugal. The 22-year-old has forced his way into the national team and could be a long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld (h/t Express).

Tottenham didn’t spend a lot during the winter windows under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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It will be interesting to see if that changes in January as we start a new era with Mourinho at the helm.

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Spurs boss Mourinho interested in signing this 30-year-old La Liga veteran

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Jose Mourinho plots Gareth Bale return as new Tottenham manager

Jose Mourinho is planning an incredible move to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

The new Tottenham boss has a lot of work to do after a tough start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager, and there could be some big moves on the horizon.

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Gareth Bale helped Wales qualify for Euro 2020 (Image credit: Getty)

AS (h/t Sun) claims that Mourinho is plotting a move to bring Bale back to Tottenham. The Welsh winger joined Real from Spurs in 2013, however, he hasn’t had the best of relationships with current manager Zinedine Zidane (h/t Telegraph).

The 30-year-old seemed set to move to the Chinese Super League in the summer but Real blocked that move (h/t Sun).

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has also claimed that a winter move from the Spanish capital would not take place (h/t Sun).

Euro 2020 celebrations could see Bale move

The Welshman helped his nation seal a place in Euro 2020 and his celebrations didn’t go down well.

Bale and his teammates held a Welsh flag which said “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order”.

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Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United last year (Image credit: Getty)

That could open the door for Mourinho to swoop in but Manchester United are also keen on the 30-year-old (h/t Sun).

Bale could still do a job for a top club, but he isn’t a long-term solution given his age.

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It is going to be an interesting couple of months till the winter window for Mourinho. The Portuguese will have some time to judge the current crop of players and then make a decision on their futures.

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Tottenham boss Mourinho aims dig at former clubs with regards to playing young players

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Jose Mourinho aims dig at former clubs while speaking on Tottenham’s academy

Jose Mourinho has already taken a swipe at his former clubs regarding youth products.

The Portuguese became Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement after the Argentine was sacked.

Mou himself has been without a job since leaving Manchester United last year but seems ready to turn things around at Spurs.

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Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

The Portuguese doesn’t have a great track record of promoting youth players, however, he took a dig at his former clubs regarding this.

Tottenham have seen Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker-Peters come through the ranks, and Mourinho was open to handing young players chances.

The ‘Special One’ was speaking to the club’s channel and said (h/t Sun):

“There is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop – not one.”

Mourinho, however, claimed that his former clubs didn’t actually have a good system in place, unlike Tottenham:

“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players.

“So I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving talents the first team need.

“Of course I always look forward to working with that profile.”

Spurs to make a winning start under Mou?

Our first game under Mourinho isn’t easy with trip to the London Stadium.

West Ham are also struggling under Manuel Pellegrini, and this could be a big match for both sides.

Tottenham need a win to get their season going, and we could put the West Ham manager under more pressure by beating them.

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Spurs lie 14th in the Premier League and are 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

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Mourinho accepted Tottenham role only after 18-month guarantee for this star

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Jose Mourinho joined Tottenham after 18-month Harry Kane guarantee

Jose Mourinho demanded that Tottenham do not sell Harry Kane for 18 months before agreeing to the job, according to the Express (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino and quickly replaced the Argentine with the Portuguese.

Mourinho had been without a job since getting the sack at Manchester United last season but sought assurances over Kane’s future before committing to Spurs.

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Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

The report claims that Mourinho sees Kane as an integral part of the team and wants to win silverware with the club.

Daniel Levy agreed to the demand of keeping Kane till 2021 (h/t Daily Star) and Mourinho has a great record of winning titles during his managerial career.

However, three players could be on the chopping block by the former Chelsea and United manager.

Three big names to be let go off

The new Spurs manager is open to selling Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld if they do not sign new deals (h/t Daily Star).

The trio are free agents at the end of the season and it will be interesting to see what happens to them in the January window.

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Jan Vertonghen is a free agent at the end of this season (Image credit: Getty)

Mou has to work with the players at hand but could use the funds from the trios sale in the January window (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham have a decent squad, even if we take our the out of contract trio, and this could be one of Mou’s biggest tests ever.

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We lie 11 points outside the top four but have 2/3rd of the season left to go. Mourinho has worked magic in the past, and the ‘Special One’ could turn things around for us too.

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