Walker-Pochettino Tottenham bust-up: Report states Levy response
By Amir Mir
Kyle Walker wants to leave Tottenham after a dispute with manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.
The Independent claim that the 26-year-old believes his future lies away from the club after a falling out with Pochettino over his fitness, selection and performances in training.
Walker came off the bench on Sunday afternoon during his side’s 2-0 win over north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.
Pochettino reportedly believes that Walker struggles to play two big games in a week as he has been swapping starting roles at right-back with Kieran Trippier in recent matches.
For the majority of the campaign, Walker has been a regular choice and key player at full-back, but for three of the last six games, he has found himself on the bench.
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That included Tripper starting over Walker during the FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea at the end of April, a decision which reportedly surprised Walker.
It is said Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy are in no rush to sell any of their players but Walker is now the likeliest to leave in the summer and is considered the most expendable by top brass.
The report details how the trio of Barcelona, Manchester City and United are interested in the England international, with Levy ready to hold out for a fee close to £50million.
Walker has a contract at White Hart Lane that runs until 2021, having signed a new five-and-a-half year deal in September 2016.
The news will come as a bombshell to supporters, who will be hoping the issue between Walker and Pochettino can be resolved.
Football Insider verdict:
Pochettino should be allowed to have the final say on Walker’s future at the club. If he feels Walker is not up to the standard then he should allow him to leave. The Argentine has played a big part as to why Tottenham have been challenging for the Premier League title in back-to-back seasons. His decision making has played a huge role in that success, so if he feels Walker does not meet his standards then he should leave.
In other Tottenham news, the club are to table an offer for this 26-year-old.