Assou-Ekotto explains brief conversations with Pochettino at Tottenham

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has spoken about his exit from Tottenham Hotspur.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has told The Sun about his brief exchanges with Mauricio Pochettino during his final season at Tottenham Hotspur.

Like Emmanuel Adebayor this weekend, Assou-Ekotto was eventually paid out the remainder of his contract in February to leave the club early.

He has since signed with French side Saint-Etienne, for who he has played six times this season.

Assou-Ekotto has indicated Tottenham head coach Pochettino, who took over last summer, made it pretty clear he was not part of his plans by failing to even have a conversation with him about his future, despite suggesting he would.

The Cameroonian international quipped: "The manager said hello to me twice. ‘Are you OK? You’re here all week? We’ll have a chat.’

“I said he knew where to find me. But he didn’t find me. Maybe the training ground is too big."

Assou-Ekotto was frozen out of the first team and did not make a single appearance under the Argentine.

He went onto add: "The club had changed to a new Tottenham. It wasn’t the Tottenham that I was part of."

The left-back had been on loan at QPR before Pochettino arrived, and had fallen out of favour first under Andre Villas-Boas and then Tim Sherwood, so the Argentine's decision not to include him probably did not come as a surprise.

One of Pochettino's first signings was Ben Davies, to compete with Danny Rose at left-back, and the boss it seems simply wanted to put his own stamp on the squad. Assou-Ekotto was part of Harry Redknapp's team, and moving him on should really have been done in the summer Pochettino arrived so that he did not have to even deal with him at all.

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