Pundit suggests Tottenham 'working hard' to sell two players Nuno wants out of the dressing room
Noel Whelan has claimed the Tottenham dressing room may be better off without Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the writing is on the wall for the pair after being left out of the 25-man European squad by Nuno Espirito Santo.
As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (August 19th), Ndombele, 24, has told Spurs chiefs he wants to leave this month.
Meanwhile, Aurier is into the last year of his contract in north London.
He confirmed to L’Equipe in May he was planning to seal a move away from Tottenham this summer.
Whelan insisted Nuno would want a feeling of “togetherness” in the dressing room.
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As such, he suggested Spurs would be best getting rid of wantaway players like Aurier and Ndombele.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Nuno has set his stall out with the European squad. They are not involved. I think the writing’s on the wall for an exit for both of them.
“They have two weeks left in the transfer window to fulfil their squad. That is to get people out and people in that they want.
“They’ll be working very hard behind the scenes, I’m sure. I think that spells out a certain message to those two players that they’re not as important to Nuno as they might have been to Mourinho.
“Maybe Mourinho felt he had to play them and involve them because they cost a lot of money and they were a bit of a name. Nuno is not that bothered about that.
“Names don’t mean anything to him. It’s all about attitude, character, performance and having that team togetherness.
“Maybe it seems that the team togetherness is better off without the two of them.”