Danny Mills is adamant Tottenham winger Erik Lamela’s future will be decided on the pitch and not by his off-field antics.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender suggested could offer the 28-year-old a new contract on reduced terms as they are in the position of power in negotiations.
Lamela was one of three Tottenham players caught breaking lockdown rules over Christmas as he joined teammates Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso at a gathering of at least 18 people.
The Argentina international has also been prosecuted this month for speeding near Spurs’ Hotspur Way training base.
His contract expires in 18 months but Mills has insisted his off-field behaviour will have little impact on whether he is offered a new deal.
He told Football Insider: “It will all come down to his performances in training and in matches.
“I don’t think Mourinho is overly bothered about petty things now and then. Speeding is not really an issue in terms of football. Ok, the covid thing was maybe a little bit stupid. As long as he doesn’t do it again and learns from it, it won’t be a problem.
“He doesn’t seem like he’s a troublemaker. I know some players get caught out with covid but you can sort of understand it. They’ll be thinking ‘hang on, we’re all together a lot of the time, we’re all in this bubble, we’re all being tested. Oh damn, we’ve done something maybe we shouldn’t have.’ It’s just silly naivety and a little bit of stupidity more than anything else.
“It will all come down to whether he’s good enough on the pitch. Does he have something to offer? If he can make Tottenham better they’ll look to keep hold of him.
“They might offer him on a contract that isn’t as good as the one he’s on now. But where else do you go in this current climate? Contract negotiations might start turning in favour of the clubs in this day and age.”