L'Equipe: Tottenham senior player exit is inevitable, he doesn't speak to Poch anymore
By Harry Sykes
Moussa Sissoko and Mauricio Pochettino are barely on speaking terms at Tottenham, according to a report.
The print edition of French publication L’Equipe claim the relationship of the France international and the Spurs manager is at an all-time low and the duo are barely on talking terms.
It is said that Pochettino did not push strongly for Sissoko, 27, last summer even though Tottenham made him their record £30million signing on deadline day.
L’Equipe, who are renowned for their close connections to French and French-speaking players, report that Pochettino has no plans to make the attacking midfielder a regular next season.
The newspaper claims that it is “inevitable” that Sissoko will quit White Hart Lane this summer although a transfer will not be easy due to the few clubs willing to match his wage or pay a transfer fee that Tottenham deem to be reasonable.
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The north London club paid huge money last summer to beat off competition from Everton in the last hours of the transfer window to sign Sissoko from Newcastle United.
Just nine months later, L’Equipe say Sissoko’s relationship with Pochettino “borders on nothingness” in a strong statement that indicates how relations between the pair have slumped in such a short space of time.
The report comes intriguingly after the 27-year-old was recalled to the Tottenham starting XI for their 6-1 demolition of Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night.
Manager Pochettino had been expected to ask Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld to fill in at right-back in the absence of regulars Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier but Sissoko deputised in an unfamiliar wing-back role while Dier was used in the defensive role where he has spent the majority of the season.
A stunning four-goal salvo from Harry Kane and a double from Son Heung-Min maintained Spurs’ outstanding run of results and showed they have not let up despite missing out on the title to Chelsea.
However, it did little to quieten the speculation surrounding the future of Sissoko, whose 33 appearances for Spurs this season have yielded just four assists and not a single goal.
In other Tottenham news, the club have opened shock talks to sign a Barcelona icon who has had a storming season.