Chelsea deal was final straw for Mitchell - report
By Alex Taylor
Paul Mitchell grew disillusioned with Tottenham after missing out on Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claims that Spurs’ head of recruitment decided to quit after growing frustrated with Spurs’ transfer business.
The report says that Mitchell believed Batshuayi, whom he had scouted extensively, was ready to join the north Londoners from Marseille this summer – only for Chelsea to steal in and sign him for £33million on a five-year contract believed to be worth about £125,000 per week.
By contrast, it is reported that the majority of Spurs stars are paid less than £80,000 per-week.
Mitchell, who is under contract until the end of 2017, will see out this summer’s transfer window before further discussion are held in regards to his departure from White hart Lane.
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Tottenham announced the departure of the former Southampton man on the club’s official Twitter account on Tuesday night.
Paul Mitchell: "I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at #THFC & it’ll continue to be my sole focus until such time as I move on to new challenges."
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 9, 2016
Under Mitchell’s watch, Tottenham signed eight senior players, with the two major successes being Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.
Mitchell was a defender and midfielder for Wigan and MK Dons before moving into the backroom setup there, when injury curtailed his playing career, and became a talent spotter when Karl Robinson took charge in 2010.
He is largely credited for Southampton’s hugely successful recruitment policy developed from when he joined them in 2012 and which sustained them in the early years of their promotion to the Premier League.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy brought in Mitchell as part of his club restructuring plan and had to negotiate a deal with Southampton, where he oversaw their recruitment and the analysis department, to land the transfer expert.
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