According to The Telegraph, Tottenham owner Daniel Levy clashed with Jose Mourinho over the future over Harry Winks and Dele Alli.
The chairman was keen to keep both players given their significant potential, whilst Mourinho wanted both players sold in order to raise funds for new recruits.
Both players have been used as peripheral figures under Mourinho and the fact he wanted them gone comes as little surprise.
Levy is a fan of seeing homegrown talent play in the first-team and wanted the Portuguese boss to factor them back into the reckoning.
This latest report is just one suggestion from various news outlets over why Mourinho was handed his papers yesterday.
Mourinho hasn’t really fancied Winks or Alli during his time at Tottenham, forcing both players down the pecking order this season.
Winks has made 24 appearances in all competitions, whilst Alli has played just 10 times in the Premier League, accumulating 232 minutes of action.
Interestingly, it remains to be seen what will happen with the duo once the new manager is in place.
Will Levy now seek an incumbent who is willing to reintegrate the duo back into the fold? That is certainly a question that supporters will be itching to find out.
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In the case of the duo, it seems pretty clear that both players were victims of Mourinho’s stubborn policies.
Alli and the £50,000-a-week Winks are both 25 and should be approaching the prime of their careers.
Instead, they’ve rarely played and now face a fight to prove themselves to supporters all over again.
Surely the new boss will hand them opportunities and particularly with Alli the potential is so exciting.
For whatever reason, Mourinho didn’t fancy the pair but plenty of supporters would welcome the £100,000-a-week star back into the fold.
Alli was viewed as one of English football’s top talents just a few years back and it will be interesting to see if the next boss can get a tune out of him.