Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Nabil Bentaleb is not in his plans and will leave before the transfer window shuts. He left France as a youngster because no French club would touch him such was the reputation of his attitude.
He touted himself around this country and Tim Sherwood took a chance on him. He developed and all was going well, then we had wage negotiations that took ages because he was asking for silly money. Then came an injury and he has clearly not endeared himself to Pochettino as he now is adamant he will be leaving the club.
You get the impression that he does not want him in the squad even if he stays. Presumably, his attitude has returned. His wage demands suggested he thinks he is better than he is. Perhaps he doesn't like the fact he is down the pecking order, who knows.
It should be remembered that it was Bentaleb who defied Pochettino and played for Algeria, when Pochettino said he wasn't fit and shouldn't join up with the squad. Bentaleb defied Pochettino and injured himself on international duty keeping him out until December. He has hardly been seen since.
is that the reason why he is no longer in Pochettino's thinking, he doesn't trust him. Pochettino gives loyalty but he demands it also.
Mauricio Pochettino on sales: "They are still our players. Bentaleb is not in my plans but Clinton is in the squad and is at the club."
They doesn't actually mean he is wanted, Tom Carroll is in the squad, he is still a Tottenham player and thus is in Pochettino's plans. However, we'll happily accept the right amount for him, just as it seems we were happy to do with Njie. recently Pochettino was reported as telling him that he would get little game time.
For that to change then something has to change within the squad, such as Nacer Chadli leaving. he hasn't suddenly leapt up the pecking order since Australia.