According to reports in The Independent last night, Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker has decided that his future lies away from White Hart Lane at the end of the season.
Reports suggest that the 26-year-old has fallen out with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino over fitness levels and team selection – a bust-up which saw him omitted from the team to face Arsenal in the North London derby on Sunday – and because of that he will look for a new club this summer.
It is believed that there is an ongoing issue between the two, with Pochettino unsure about whether Walker has the fitness required to play two big games in the space of a week.
This point was highlighted in Walker’s omission from all three of Tottenham’s away Champions League fixtures in the group-stages, as well as being left out for Spurs’ FA Cup semi-final last week.
With the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and even Barcelona able to pay more than his current £70,000-a-week wages, Tottenham could be tempted to bank up to £50 million for Walker.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s other option at right-back Kieran Trippier is set to be offered an improved deal by Tottenham after a string of impressive performances, according to ESPN.
The 26-year-old, who has alternated spots in the starting line-up with Walker throughout the current campaign, is reportedly going to be given the chance to extend his current deal this summer.
Despite still having three years left on his existing contract, it is believed that Mauricio Pochettino is extra keen to secure his long-term future at White Hart Lane amidst the Walker speculation.
Trippier has made nine appearances in the Premier League this season – including starting three of Tottenham’s last seven league games – and has shown he’s capable of competing at the top level.
Aside from speculation, manager Pochettino has said that Friday’s clash against West Ham at the London Stadium could prove decisive in their battle with Chelsea for the Premier League title.
For the only time in their run-in Spurs get to play their match first before their London rivals take the field, and they will have the opportunity to cut the gap to just one point with a win at the Hammers.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Pochettino said:
“We have reduced the gap to Chelsea again. And now we have to be focused because we have on Friday a very important game against West Ham.
“We will have the chance to play before. It will be a tough game and a difficult game and if we are able to win we will see what happens.
“It could be (important). The race for the title is down to four points and we will see what happens.”
Three days after Tottenham go to West Ham, Chelsea play host to relegation battlers Middlesbrough; a side that will be high in confidence after pegging Manchester City back 2-2 last week.
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