Mauricio Pochettino has denied suggestions that a fall out with Kyle Walker led to the defender’s Tottenham exit.
Reports had claimed the Spurs boss began to have doubts over Walker’s fitness and ability to play more than one game a week in the second half of last season.
It was believed this led to a falling out between Pochettino and his player, which set off the chain of events that resulted in Walker’s departure.
But in an interview published by multiple national newspapers, Pochettino has denied those claims.
“A lot of rumour happened in that period,” he said. “Our relationship was good. That is so strange because I never told you that he could not play three times in a week.
“There were rumours in the media that I wasn’t happy with him because he could not play, I never said that. Like we had some problem or fight? Never. Never. I can show you the messages when he left.”
Regardless of the Argentine’s quotes, Kieran Trippier certainly emerged as Tottenham’s first-choice right-back at the end of last season.
Perhaps Pochettino had doubts about Walker’s commitment after his head was turned by Manchester City. But it doesn’t sound like there was any major fall out.