Report: Mourinho tried and failed to stop frustrated defender leaving Spurs

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Tottenham’s young central defender Luis Binks has left the club to join Major League Soccer outfit Montreal Impact.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Binks is now training with the Canadian club who are currently managed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

It is suggested that the 18-year-old was highly-regarded at the club and Spurs tried their upmost to persuade him that his future should lie in North London.

Many in Spurs’ academy staff reportedly predicted that Binks would be the next youngster to break into the team.

However, he is said to have grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities and failed to see a path to the first team having watched Japhet Tanganga become a regular over the past month.

Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to intervene in the last moment to convince the teenager to stay but to no avail.

The report also hints that a return to Europe could be on the cards should Binks impress in the MLS due to the fact that Montreal Impact are owned by Giuseppe Saputo who also owns Serie A side, Bologna.

Spurs Web Opinion

It really is a shame if it turns out that Binks left as he couldn’t see a path to the first team. The high turnover of young players we’ve seen over recent years suggests that there is a structural problem in our academy in terms of giving players a pathway. However, we are hardly the only big club that is having this problem. While I haven’t seen enough of Luis Binks to comment on his ability, it is very possible that we might let a huge gem slip if we keep going the same way.

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