Tottenham stars BAFFLED and ANGRY through Jose Mourinho’s comments about leaving Toby Alderweireld against Newcastle for not training … after club released footage SHOWING HIM during sessions
- Defender Toby Alderweireld was at Tottenham’s training on Thursday
- Spurs manager Jose Mourinho claimed he did not train until Saturday
- Alderweireld did not make the selection for Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle
- The Belgian was at the training facility on Thursday and was with his teammates
Tottenham stars were angered by Jose Mourinho’s comments after the game following Sunday’s draw in Newcastle.
Mourinho was asked why his side was so vulnerable late in the games, when he has traditionally been a coach whose teams have seen such a small lead.
He replied, “The same coach, different players.” But his response irritated certain members of the squad who believe the manager has thrown the players under the bus to protect himself from criticism.
Toby Alderweireld trained with Spurs on Thursday, despite Jose Mourinho claiming he didn’t
Mourinho said his non-selection was due to only training the day before the game
The players were also baffled by Mourinho’s claims defender Toby Alderweireld, who had missed two days of training prior to the game.
The Belgium international wasn’t even sitting on the bench in St James’ Park, which led to questions about the center-back’s no-show.
Mourinho, who Sportsmail may reveal that his compensation will be reduced if he loses his job without securing European qualification, Alderweireld explained that he was not selected because he only trained the day before the match.
When asked about the absence of Alderweireld and Serge Aurier at race day, Mourinho said: ‘They were fit, but they only signed up for training yesterday.
‘They went for their national teams and did not pass the Covid tests in time to be in training on Thursday, including Friday. They only came yesterday. ‘
Alderweireld had left with Belgium for international service, but returned on Wednesday
However, sources allege that Alderweireld underwent a Covid test on Wednesday upon his arrival from the international service on Wednesday, while there is photographic evidence of the defender on the training ground at Enfield’s headquarters on Thursday.
The club also posted a video of Friday’s training session on the official Twitter page, featuring footage from Alderweireld.
The evidence that seems to indicate that Alderweireld trained before Saturday has put Mourinho’s comments in the spotlight.
The player himself would be confused by his manager’s explanation and hopes for clarification of the problem when he trains today.
Meanwhile, Spurs can expect to pay Mourinho less than £ 30m if they part with him due to performance clauses related to European qualifying.
There is photographic evidence of the Belgium international at training on Thursday (photo)
Sources claim that Serge Aurier trained no later than Friday and was also left out of the squad
It is well known that the Special One would be entitled to at least £ 30 million if he loses his job; he still has two years to close a deal worth up to £ 15 million a year.
However, sources claim that Mourinho would be entitled to significantly less if Spurs are outside the European qualifiers due to their competitive position.
As it stands, the North London club is in the top six and still has a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League or Europa League – but falling further down will affect the height of the compensation that Mourinho has to pay.
As revealed by Sportsmail Whether Tottenham qualify for top European football next season last week will affect whether Chairman Daniel Levy decides to stay with Mourinho, while also being a factor in any compensation package he has to pay.
Tottenham will reportedly have to pay significantly less than £ 30 million to fire Jose Mourinho
Spurs face a tough battle to qualify for Europe after a meager 2-2 draw against Newcastle
Spurs will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at the end of the month, where the win would provide access to the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League – but that wouldn’t be considered top-tier European competition.
Likewise, while Mourinho’s contract could well be worth £ 15 million a year, Sportsmail understands that his base salary is closer to £ 10 per season which would cut compensation significantly if Mourinho lost his job.
Nonetheless, the Special One can still expect a massive amount if it loses its job, although it probably won’t be below £ 30 million.