Mystery surrounds whereabouts of football scout Paul Mitchell, most recently of Tottenham Hotspur

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

Mitchell claims he's still at Tottenham Hotspur, but the club disagree, according to the Sun.

General view of Wembley Stadium during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of football scout Paul Mitchell, who was most recently on Tottenham Hotspur's books.

According to Friday's printed edition of the Sun (page 63), Mitchell is telling colleagues he has been placed on gardening leave by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, until the end of the upcoming January transfer window.

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

However, the same publication claims Spurs insist he is no longer on their payroll and is free to take on a new role elsewhere.

It adds that Mitchell, who worked alongside Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, irritated Levy when he initially threatened to quit the north London side amid outside interest.

This calendar year, the former Wigan Athletic and Milton Keynes Dons midfielder has been linked with clubs ranging from Nottingham Forest and Glasgow Rangers to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham Hotspur's Croatian player Luka Modric (R) gestures to Referee Mike Jones during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart...

In February, Spurs re-hired former scout Steve Hitchen, albeit in a different role to Mitchell.

Hitchen was involved in the club's 2008 capture of Luka Modric (now Real Madrd), and later helped Liverpool to land Luis Suarez (Barcelona).

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