Jose Mourinho has left the door open for Kyle Walker-Peters to leave Tottenham permanently in the summer, according to Football.London.
Walker-Peters has been on loan at Southampton since January and caught the eye in the Saints’ 1-0 home win over Manchester City on Sunday night.
But Mourinho said of the Englishman: “A future here, yes. But we always see a future outside where he can be happy. We didn’t push him to go to Southampton. Tanganga injured, we only have Serge Aurier.
“He’s a kid everyone loves here, Daniel Levy himself has special care for the player and he’s here for years and years and years. He’s happy now I think. Playing and playing well.
“I’m not in control of the transfer decisions but the general feeling is there’s a place for him here. But if his desire is to leave the club in search of happiness I don’t think we’d stop him.”
It was interesting to hear Mourinho say how much Levy loves Walker-Peters and he is trying to frame the issue as Spurs not being willing to stand in an academy graduate’s way if he wants more regular football.
That said, Mourinho’s stance doesn’t make sense. He said himself that he’s short at right back, and that’s been a problem area for Tottenham since Kieran Trippier left in the summer and was not replaced.
Further, it’s clear from Mourinho’s words how much Walker-Peters cares about Spurs and that should not be taken for granted. Manchester United are just one recent example where selling academy products such as Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck leave the club diluted its standards.
He is 23 now and has Premier League football under his belt on a relatively regular basis. Not many could watch that performance against City and not feel the Englishman would be a defensive upgrade on the aforementioned Aurier.
It wouldn’t make much sense for Tottenham to be so open to Walker-Peters leaving; perhaps Levy’s care for the player will force a rethink.
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