Ian Wright makes exit claim based on if Spurs had won the Champions League

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Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright believes that Tottenham Hotspur should focus on developing Davinson Sanchez rather than focusing on players who may not be at the club next season.

The Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are both out of contract in the summer and can begin talks with European clubs in January over a pre-contract deal.

Wright has claimed that Sanchez should take priority over the likes of Jan Vertonghen given his uncertain future in North London.

At 32, Vertonghen is entering the final phase of his career while Sanchez is yet to reach his prime at 23.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has rotated his central defenders this season which has also seen Sanchez operate somewhat uncomfortably at right-back in the North London derby against Arsenal.

Wright also claimed that if Spurs had managed to beat Liverpool in the Champions League final back in June it would have led to more players requesting to leave the club given the demands which Pochettino places on his squad.

He told told BBC Radio 5 Live (28/10/19 at 7:50 pm): “To be honest, for me, you have got to develop Davinson Sanchez [because the likes of Vertonghen will not be here next season],”

“What is happening at Spurs is what we have known was going to happen for many years.

“Incremental rise in the contract when they are continually giving them a little bit more money but it’s still nowhere near where they are going. You have seen players sign three or four-year contracts. They and their agents have cottoned on to that. Tottenham during these past five years have gone to another level. 

“They are a top-four side. The only thing that is missing is the trophy. Players are saying, ‘I like being here, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen here, we didn’t win the Champions League’. The way he has pushed them, the way they have gone, the Champions League final, if they won it, I think we would have seen even more saying ‘I’m going to move on from here now’.”

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