Jose Mourinho discusses ‘very difficult’ Paulo Gazzaniga decision
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Jose Mourinho discusses 'very difficult' Paulo Gazzaniga decision

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has told Football London about his decision to leave Paulo Gazzaniga out of the Europa League squad.

The Argentine goalkeeper was left out of the 25-man group with Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart preferred as alternatives.

Gazzaniga has fallen down the pecking order this season and having failed to secure a move away, now finds himself in limbo.

Mourinho added Hart on a free transfer during the summer and has immediately taken on the role of deputy goalkeeper.

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The Portuguese manager sees his side face LASK tonight in their Europa League curtain-raiser and he’s been discussing Gazzaniga.

He told Football London: “It’s very difficult to leave a player out. It stops the player fighting for something he wants and that is always very, very hard.

“The thing is in January you can change, so if you have a different view you can change.

“The Gazzaniga situation, with Hugo and Joe we believe that for the next couple of months we can do it with an academy goalkeeper, with a young English kid.”

Gazzaniga played 25 games last season and acted admirably as a deputy for first-choice stopper Lloris.

Hart’s arrival has bumped him down the pecking order and that might have come as a surprise to some supporters.

The man with one cap for Argentina is paid £20,000-a-week at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and would have been a good signing for someone.

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With no football likely to be forthcoming between now and January, surely a move seems like the only option.

Gazzaniga arrived at Spurs from Southampton but his three-year stay at the club is surely coming to an end.

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