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Paul Robinson insisted that he would not swap Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Lo Celso had become “key” to Jose Mourinho’s side since Christmas.

Fernandes, who joined the Red Devils for £68million in January, claimed that he was very close to a move to north London last summer only for Sporting Lisbon to block the deal.

Mourinho was asked by Sky Sports if he regretted the Lilywhites not signing the playmaker and ‘The Special One’ insisted he would rather have Lo Celso.

The left-footed midfielder’s deflected shot helped Spurs to a 1-0 victory over Everton last night.

When asked by Football Insider if he would swap the Argentina international for the Fernandes, Robinson said: “I would like to have them both! Two top-quality players.

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“Lo Celso has shown a side to his game that not many people, including myself, knew that he had. He is not afraid to do the hard yards and play as a holding midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder.

“I certainly would not swap him for Bruno Fernandes. Two outstanding players but Lo Celso has become key to what Spurs do. He’s settled and adapted to life in the Premier League very easily and very quickly.

“He looks to be a very astute signing along with Bergwijn. They are the type of signings that Spurs need. They have changed the team.

“Fernandes is a top player but I would not swap him for Lo Celso.”

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