Paul Robinson has said that he does not fear Real Madrid activating the buy-back clause in Sergio Reguilon’s contract at the end of the season.
Out of the seven new faces that arrived through the door at Spurs in the summer, Reguilon has arguably had the biggest impact on the side after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The left-back has settled quickly into life at the North London club and has established himself as a regular in the side.
Real Madrid inserted a buy-back clause in the 24-year-old’s contract when they sold him to Spurs in the summer, with the La Liga giants having the option of activating the clause until the summer of 2022.
There have been contrasting reports from Spain over the past few months regarding whether or not Madrid are planning on activating the buy-back clause.
Some publications have suggested that it is unlikely due to the Spanish international’s strained relationship with Zinedine Zidane, while others claim that the Tottenham star has already said ‘yes’ to a potential return to the Spanish capital.
However, Robinson insisted that Los Blancos will likely not be able to afford Reguilon due to their financial woes and opined that the left-back might not want to return to the La Liga club.
When asked if he is concerned Real Madrid will activate the clause, the former Tottenham goalkeeper told Football Insider: “I’m not really concerned, not with the finances the way they are at the moment in Spain.
“I think that would probably price anyone out of a move.
“Yes, you can trigger a buyback clause but people forget you can’t sign a player if he doesn’t want to go.
“The two clubs can agree a fee but at the end of the day if the player doesn’t want to go then they can’t sign him.
“If he’s enjoying playing under Mourinho, enjoying life in London, playing well, and a bid comes in for him then he doesn’t have to go.
“I can’t see Spurs letting him go. He’s been very good this season.”
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We have to remember that Real Madrid are Reguilon’s boyhood club and so he might have the desire to go back to the club and prove to people that he can be regular started at the Santiago Bernebeu. I do not think we have to worry about Madrid activating the left-back’s buy-back clause as long as Zidane is still in charge as it is clear that the pair do not get along. However, if the Frenchman is to leave, Reguilon might well be tempted to return.
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