Tottenham will reportedly prevent Kevin Wimmer from joining Schalke.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham will block a move from Schalke to sign their defender Kevin Wimmer, despite claims from Schalke chairman Clemens Toennies.
Wimmer, 23, joined Spurs from Bundesliga side Koln over the summer, and was primarily brought in to offer cover for star defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
So far, Wimmer has been a bit-part player for Spurs, but after impressing against Leicester in the FA Cup, the Austrian international has earned plaudits for his performances of late.
After Vertonghen picked up an injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Wimmer was thrown into the action with just 15 minutes to play, and helped Tottenham stay strong defensively on his Premier League debut.
However, there has been some doubt over his future this week, as Sky Sports note that Schalke chairman Clemens Toennies told their sister channel Sky Germany that talks were underway over a deal to lure Wimmer back to German football this month.
However, they also report that Tottenham have no intention of letting Wimmer leave for the Veltins Arena, as manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep him at White Hart Lane.
It's suggested that, with a potential title race on the cards and a huge fixture list across the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League, Pochettino wants to rotate his squad and keep key players fresh - and Wimmer plays a key part in that strategy as the club's third choice centre back.
Are Tottenham making the right decision over Wimmer's future?