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Tottenham manager José Mourinho has responded to recent transfer rumors involving midfielder Harry Winks and a possible transfer to Valencia.
The Spurs manager has moved to rule out Winks leaving the club either on loan or in a permanent deal, despite Guillem Balague recently claiming that Valencia were seeking a deal for him this January.
See below for Balague’s tweet, which suggested that a deal could be tricky, though he also claimed that Mourinho didn’t want Winks …
Today #Valencia has made a second offer for #HarryWinks after the first one was rejected. They are willing to pay their full salary, but the loan payment requested by #Spurs makes the deal very unlikely at this point. Stuck player: not wanted by manager, cannot leave pic.twitter.com/ds1NkbTs9S
– Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 11, 2021
Tottenham’s own coach has apparently refuted that with his quotes carried by football, london, as he made clear that he saw Winks as a player he likes and a player he needs on his team right now.
“Nothing has changed. Good player. A player that I like, a player that I need, a player that needs the squad,” said Mourinho about Winks.
“A player with a contract for a few years. A player we don’t want to sell, a play we don’t want to lend. So if someone is working on it, they are wasting time.
“Even for you journalists. If you keep talking about something that will never happen. Do not waste your time. Do not waste your time. That’s my advice. “
The 24-year-old may not be too happy to see Mourinho blocking his exit, as Spurs haven’t used him much of late.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and if he can force a pullout or force himself back to Tottenham plans on a more regular basis.