Forgotten Tottenham man admits confusion at ‘strange’ summer exit

Sergio Reguilon has revealed he was left confused by Tottenham and manager Ange Postecoglou’s decision to send him out on loan despite featuring regularly in pre-season.

The Spanish left-back arrived in north London in 2020 after a breakout loan spell with Sevilla, winning the 2019/20 Europa League.

He was a regular in Jose Mourinho’s defence when he first signed and then featured prominently at wing-back under Antonio Conte. However, the 27-year-old was sent to Atletico Madrid for the 2022/23 season and has played for both Manchester United and Brentford on temporary deals so far this term.

Reguilon played in pre-season in the summer and has claimed boss Postecoglou told him he would be part of his squad, only for that agreement to dissolve shortly afterwards.


Reguilon played for Spurs in pre-season / Lionel Ng/GettyImages

He told The Times: “One day is ‘yes’, next day is ‘no’, I didn’t understand and still don’t understand the situation.

“During pre-season I was very happy and he [Postecoglou] was happy with me, also the staff. I was playing like a normal player, all the games. The week before, I went to see him. ‘You want me at the club?’ ‘Yes, I have to do a list and you are in my squad’. It was strange. The next day I was out of the training and I didn’t know what happened.”

Destiny Udogie has emerged as Postecoglou’s favoured left-back and has impressed in his debut campaign in England, while Ben Davies has been used when the Italian has been absent.

He added: “I know I can play in Spurs, but in many aspects in football the player doesn’t have control. And I don’t want to stay to sit in the stadium watching. I am 27, I have too much football to live. I don’t understand why one day is ‘yes’ and next day is ‘no’ but…I don’t think it’s performance reason, I think it’s another reason, this is football, this is business.

“When one window closes, another door opens. Karma was good for me. I went to United. The people there are unbelievable. I don’t know why but I still receive a lot of messages. I love them because from the first moment they gave me so much love. Maybe the way I play, always giving everything, and they love that.”

Reguilon arrived at Old Trafford as back-up for both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, both of whom are currently sidelined with injuries. That spell was cut short in January before a move to Brentford was confirmed later that month.


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