Mixed Messages on Holtby decision

by Matthew Harris on January 30, 2014

Lewis Holtby may have looked as if he was saying his goodbyes following last night’s defeat to Manchester City but head coach Tim Sherwood says he knows nothing of any deal to take the player away from the Lane this month.

“I understand players want to play with a World Cup coming up but I don’t know anything about Lewis leaving,” Sherwood said after the match.

Yesterday, Tim had intimated that both Lewis and Etienne Capoue could leave the club by the end of business tomorrow if the right offer came in.

“I like Holtby – he is one of the best trainers we have got. They want to play and you have to be fair to the player. You need to do what is best for the club.

“Capoue is also a good lad. He’s not given me a moment’s problem. If the opportunity arises, then we will let them move on.”

That assessment is backed up by the player’s agent who spoke to The Metro.

“My feeling is he will leave but it’s not in our hands at the moment,” said Marcus Noack.

“Tottenham have to agree to let him go first. We hope to find a solution in the next couple of days.”

Rumours of a temporary move to Schalke and Dortmund persist while there is even talk of a loan swap at Fulham involving Dimitar Berbatov but are Spurs making a mistake if they let the German go?

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