By Kevin Phillips

20th Aug, 2020 | 6:00pm

'I've almost started to wonder'- Exclusive: Pundit suggests Mourinho wants rid of Spurs big name

Kevin Phillips has claimed that it would be “strange” for Tottenham Hotspur to sell Harry Winks to Manchester City this summer. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former Sunderland striker admitted that he is a fan of the 24-year-old midfielder, but also questioned whether he has a future at Spurs under Jose Mourinho.

According to a recent report from The Sun, Winks has emerged as a target for Pep Guardiola’s men, with a price tag of around £40 million being touted.

And while Phillips has suggested that the England international would fit in well at the Etihad, he has also expressed his doubts about Spurs selling to a top six rival.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’d be strange, but business is business.

“I’ve said all along that I like Harry Winks. I think technically he’s a good player, and he can get better. I actually think he would fit in quite well at Man City.

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“I think he would develop under Pep Guardiola. You’ve seen how Phil Foden has developed and how he will become a world class player. I’m not saying Jose Mourinho couldn’t do that, but there have been times this season when Harry Winks has been left out, I’ve almost started to wonder whether he is one of Jose’s players. Is he going to start every week?

“I’m not surprised that he’s being linked with other clubs, Man City maybe a little bit, but he’s a ball player. All of City’s players are ball players. It will be interesting to see how this one unfolds.”

Winks made 31 Premier League appearances for Tottenham over the course of the 2019/20 campaign.

The academy product established himself as a regular member of Mourinho’s starting XI in the latter stages of the season, playing every minute of Spurs’ final six league matches.

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