Report: Spurs cannot activate clause allowing them to recall on-loan player

Italian publication Messaggero Veneto (24/11/22 as relayed by Sport Witness) have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur will not be able to recall Destiny Udogie from his loan spell at Udinese in January even if they want to do so.

Udogie joined Spurs in the summer for a £15m fee on the back of his breakthrough season at Udinese and he was immediately loaned back to the Serie A club (SkySports).

Destiny Udogie
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The left wing-back has continued to impress in the first part of the 2022-23 campaign, having featured 12 times across all competitions, with three goal contributions to his name so far (Transfermarkt).

Messaggero Veneto explain that when Spurs loaned Udogie back to Udinese, they included a clause in the deal that would allow them to recall the 19-year-old in January if he was not getting sufficient game time at Dacia Arena.

However, it is revealed that Andrea Sottil’s men will not have to worry about losing the Italy Under-21 international in January as the clause cannot be activated by Spurs. This is because Udogie has made enough starts in the first part of the campaign to nullify the clause.

Messaggero Veneto add that Spurs have no intention of forcing Udinese’s hand anyway as Antonio Conte does not want reinforcements in the position in January.

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The clause mentioned in the report was likely put in by Spurs as a precaution to ensure that the season does not go to waste for Udogie.

If he was not getting sufficient game time for one reason or another, the North London club would have likely recalled him and sent him on loan to a different club so that the teenager can continue his development.

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