Paul Robinson is “surprised” that Juan Foyth signed a new contract at Tottenham before heading out on loan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former White Hart Lane number one claimed that the 22-year-old must be regarded as “an important part of the future” at Spurs.

The club confirmed on Sunday that the defender had signed a new deal before completing a season-long loan move to Villarreal.

Football Insider understands that the La Liga side could make the switch permanent next summer for a fee of £13.5million.

Foyth made seven appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side last season, of which only three were starts, having struggled with knee and ankle injuries.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed the Argentina international had played his last game for the club, Robinson said:

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“While he is still only young I am surprised that he signed a new contract at Spurs and then gone out on loan.

“He showed real promise when he played last year but he did not get much game time.

“It suggests to me that Spurs are planning for the future. While Foyth is clearly not part of the immediate plans they must still regard him as an important part of the future.”

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Foyth joined Ryan Sessegnon and Oliver Skipp in leaving the London club on loan this summer.

Sessegnon completed a deadline-day move to Hoffenheim 12 months after he was signed from Fulham in a £25million deal.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills claims attacker who dazzled last weekend may still leave this season.