According to a report from Ole (as relayed by Sport Witness), Giovani Lo Celso was pressuring Tottenham to allow him to stay with the Argentina squad and play a part in their World Cup qualifier against Bolivia this week.
Lo Celso and Tottenham’s summer signing, Cristian Romero, along with Aston Villa duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, decided to travel to South America to join up with the Argentina squad despite the Premier League prohibiting players from travelling to ‘red -list’ countries.
The situation took a strange turn on Sunday as Brazilian health officials walked onto the pitch in Sao Paulo to stop the match between Brazil and Argentina, accusing the four Premier League stars of not disclosing that they had been in the UK over the last 14 days.
All four players have since been released by Argentina, with the Spurs pair, along with Davinson Sanchez, set to train isolate and train in Croatia for 10 days before flying into the UK.
Ole have now revealed that Lo Celso wanted to stay with the La Albiceleste squad and be involved in their clash against Bolivia on Thursday.
The situation with Romero is also thought to be similar, with the defender joining the midifelder in ‘pressuring’ Spurs to allow him to stay in South America.
However, it looks as though neither Lo Celso nor Romero were given permission to do so, with the pair now having been released from international duty.
Spurs Web Opinion
Had Spurs allowed Lo Celso and Romero to play against Bolivia, the pair could have potentially been unavailable for 4 matches due to their quarantine requirements.
The club made the right call as the three South American stars could now only end up missing the Crystal Palace game and could be back for the clash against Chelsea.
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