‘I would rather have Winks’ – Pundit urges Mourinho not to move for experienced midfielder

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Dom Le Roy

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has said that Tottenham Hotspur should keep hold of Harry Winks rather than moving for Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira after the World Cup winner admitted that he would be open to playing under Jose Mourinho.

Khedira has fallen out of favour at Juventus since the arrival of Andrea Pirlo and has not made a single appearance for the Serie A champions this season.

In an interview with Sky Sports earlier this week, the 33-year-old admitted that he has always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and said that he would not be able to say no to linking up with Jose Mourinho.

Winks, meanwhile, has been linked with a move away from North London, with The Telegraph reporting that the midfielder will consider his future in January if he continues to be overlooked by the Tottenham boss.

Phillips admitted that he can see Mourinho potentially pursuing Khedira but claimed that replacing Winks with the Juventus man would not be in Spurs’ best interests.

The pundit told Football Insider: “If I am being honest I do not know if that would be the right move for Tottenham.

“He controlled matches when he was at Madrid but I do not know if he is the same player now.

“It has taken Ndombele a while to settle in but then again Rodriguez has surprised me at Everton.

“It would not surprise me seeing him at Tottenham but I would rather have Winks in my squad than Khedira. It might be a big shout from me but he is younger and more energetic.

“I can see it because it is Mourinho and he does make big calls. But I would rather keep hold of Winks.”

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