Teen sensation quits Tottenham & agrees move to overseas club
Teenager Maximus Tainio has left Tottenham to join the team managed by his famous ex-Spur father.
Tainio, 19, was out of contract at Spurs this month and Football Insider has been told he was not in line for a new deal.
The rising star has headed to Finland to play for FC Haka, who play in the second division and are managed by Teemu Tainio.
Toisen polven Suomen maajoukkuejalkapalloilija, vuonna 2001 syntynyt Maximus Tainio on tehnyt jatkosopimuksen englantilaisen Tottenhamin organisaatioon – onnea Maxi 💪 #Minihuuhkajat pic.twitter.com/jy9TICqgZ4
— Huuhkajat (@Huuhkajat) May 3, 2019
He made 83 appearances for Tottenham between 2005 and 2008 and won the League Cup.
The former Finland international, 40, did some scouting at Spurs and then took a coaching post at Haka before he was appointed their manager.
His son landed a scholarship contract at the Premier League club in 2017 and later extended his deal until 2020.
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The long-haired defender, who is primarily a right-back but can also slot into midfield, was a regular for Tottenham Under-18s but struggled for game time with the Under-23s.
He is a Finland youth international, and been capped by his country at Under-19s, Under-18s, Under-17s, Under-16s and Under-15s levels.
Born in France, he has previously lived in Finland, USA and Holland and was signed by Tottenham from HJK Helsinki.
Tainio is still listed as a Spurs academy player on their official website but it is understood that he has now departed.
At Haka he will hope to get his first taste of senior football after failing to make the first-team grade in London.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed how far the club are willing to stretch to sign Philippe Coutinho.