Tottenham face nightmare Reguilon scenario amid pressure on Zidane
Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon plans could be thrown into chaos by Real Madrid, as reported by football.london.
Reguilon joined Spurs on a deal worth around £25million from Real Madrid in the summer, joining as part of a double deal with Gareth Bale joining on a season-long loan.
The right-back has impressed since his arrival, making 13 Premier League appearances and instantly installing himself as a regular under Jose Mourinho.
But there is a clause in Reguilon’s contract which has meant Spurs fans have seldom been able to sit comfortably when it comes to talk of his future.
Real Madrid hold a buy-back clause which they can activate either this summer or next summer which would see Spurs make around £15million profit.
Given Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane sanctioned Reguilon’s exit, the clause hasn’t been too much of a concern for Tottenham, but recent developments in the Spanish capital might change that.
Zidane’s side were stunned on Wednesday night by third-tier side Alcoyano, crashing out of the Copa del Rey at the Round of 32 stage after conceding the winner five minutes from time in extra-time and five minutes after the home side had gone down to 10 men.
That surprise cup exit, coupled with the fact rivals Atletico Madrid look as though they will storm on to win the La Liga title, has left Zidane’s future in a perilous position.
Reports from Marca today suggest the Real Madrid board are not best pleased with the situation and that they will make a call on Zidane’s future at the end of the season.
The report claims that the board want to see whether Zidane can turn things around and pick up silverware, whether it’s a comeback in the league or a Champions League title, though options for silverware are few and far between after defeat in the Spanish Supercopa semi-finals and the Copa del Rey defeat, both in the space of a week.
Zidane is already in his second spell as manager of the club having returned in 2019 following his initial departure in 2018, but support for the Frenchman appears to be dwindling with the Spanish media seemingly in attack mode after the Alcoyano defeat.
And that concerns Spurs because a new manager this summer could mean a chance of stance on Reguilon, particularly with veteran right-back Marcelo struggling for form at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Tottenham fans ought to hope Zidane turns things around in the coming months so that, at the very least, they won’t have to sweat over any change of heart at Real Madrid over the summer months.