Tottenham: Mourinho gets tetchy when asked about leaders
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is unhappy at Daniel Levy selling Kieran Trippier, according to reports. The 58-year-old will oversee his side’s Premier League showdown with Aston Villa on Sunday. And another loss, after recent defeats to Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb, will push him closer to the door.
Tottenham have fallen apart. Not for the first time, either.
Mourinho’s side were ticking along nicely until January but have gone off the boil since, struggling since the turn of the year.
They recently did win five wins on the spin to lift some of the pressure off the shoulders of the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss.
But consecutive defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal, in the Europa League and Premier League respectively, have plunged them back into the mire.
And, now, Football Insider have lifted the lid on Mourinho’s unhappiness with Levy.
It’s claimed the 58-year-old feels the Tottenham supremo made a mistake by selling Trippier to Atletico Madrid back in the summer transfer window of 2019.
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Though that happened before Mourinho’s appointment as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, it’s still rankled nonetheless.
Mourinho believes the England international is better than anything he currently has, with both Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty struggling for consistency at the club.
And it’s described as a ‘bone of contention’ that Trippier was both sold in the first place and for such a low fee.
As an England international, with three years left on his contract, Spurs were previously expected to let him go for a price in the region of £30million to £40m.
But that didn’t happen, with the Three Lions defender instead moving to La Liga for £20m.
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Speaking last summer, Trippier opened up on his move away from Tottenham and admitted he was hurt at being forced to leave the club behind.
He told the Beautiful Game podcast: “I had mixed emotions throughout the season. Injuries played a massive part (on my form). I told them I needed surgery.
“I could have been less selfish, playing-wise. But I couldn’t help it that I was getting picked most of the games.
“I was playing some of them at 60 or 70 per cent. Maybe I should have taken a step back, but we had City in the Champions League, Ajax…you want to play in these games.
“In March, April, I heard – through people I trust – they tried to offload me, offering me to clubs. So you’re getting mixed messages. If I play I’ll give my best, but that’s why I pulled the manager in pre-season and asked if I’m part of his plans.
“I did knock on his door and tell him ‘I’ve got the chance to go to Atletico Madrid, (but) if I’m part of your plans I’ll stay’.
“He didn’t give me a yes or no in his office. So, as a player, you think ‘okay no problem’. I went to the chairman and said exactly the same.
“I haven’t really spoken to (Pochettino) since I left Tottenham. I have a lot to thank him for. I’ve never once bad-mouthed him. I just told how it was.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham will lock horns with Aston Villa on Sunday.
And, speaking ahead of that game, Mourinho has challenged his side to pick up all three points.
Asked what he was looking for from his team against Villa, he said: “That’s the same question as after the game against Arsenal and I didn’t see it against Zagreb, what I wanted to see.
“So it’s hard to say because I was expecting a completely different attitude and we didn’t get that (at Zagreb).
“Obviously, what do I want against Aston Villa? I want all the ingredients that I told to some of the previous questions.
“They are what I consider the basics of an honest professional. It doesn’t matter about the area. At the moment we’re speaking about football but we could be speaking about any other area in society.
“The basics of any job is honesty, the commitment, the desire, the respect for the people who require you to do a good work. That’s what I expect to have every day, every match.”
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