Always economical with his words, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino opened up about the futures of three Spurs stars who have been the subject of constant speculation over the summer.
In terms of Roberto Soldado, whose form over the last two seasons has prompted calls for his sale, Pochettino stated:
“It is true the club have given permission for him to go to Spain, but the club will announce if something happens.”
Soldado may move to Villareal after scoring just 16 goals in 2 years at the club having signed from Valencia for a hefty £26m.
And there was also talk of another striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been more successful at the club but also looks to be headed for the exit, as Mauricio Pochettino made patently clear.
“He is not in my plans and he knows that from the end of last season. We have spoken with him and Aaron Lennon and there is nothing new to say.”
This would suggest that long term Tottenham man Aaron Lennon is also off.
Lennon spent a decent spell on loan at Everton last season and The Toffees may look to do a permanent deal with Spurs.
Many Tottenham fans will be sad to see the diminutive Englishman leave after 10 years at the club since joining from Leeds in 2005.
But we always felt that, while he had blistering pace, he didn’t always possess the finesse or end product required for an elite team.
Lennon played 364 times for Tottenham in all competitions and scored 30 goals.
With 13 players already having left the club this summer (16 if these three depart) we fully expect Tottenham to make some acquisitions before the end of the month.