After Spurs outcast Harry Winks walked down the tunnel after being substituted against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League, much was made of the moment as he is touted to leave, but manager Jose Mourinho has now dropped a revelation on the incident which attracted attention.
The Englishman was taken off on the hour mark after being bypassed for much of the game, with rejuvenated Spurs star Tanguy Ndombele taking his place, and the midfielder didn’t stick around.
Winks promptly walked down the tunnel after being taken off by Mourinho, leading to comments from the media hinting this could emphasise a ‘problem’ as he is consistently linked with a move away from north London.
Mourinho explains Winks tunnel walk
The ‘perfect’ academy graduate, alongside fellow fringe men Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez, has found regular minutes difficult to come by – but Mourinho has now explained why he did walk down the tunnel after being taken off.
“I told him to go,” said the Spurs boss in a press conference.
“I told every player that left the pitch to go because when the weather is cold I prefer they go to the dressing room and have a shower and be warm and safe.
“I told them to go, some prefer to stay even cold they prefer to stay and participate in the game from the bench. Winks decided to go and I am happy with that because I am the one that told him to do it.”
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Given the manager’s revelation as to why Winks went straight down the tunnel, it could ease potential fears of a problem behind the scenes.
Winks has previously admitted, however, that the lack of game time is ‘difficult’ for him – and with the postponed Euro 2020 looming next year, he may have to consider his options come January.
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