Report: Tottenham have ‘axed’ 21-year-old youth defender after contract refusal

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Tottenham Hotspur have cast Marcel Lavinier into the stands after the youngster turned down a proposal from the club to extend his current contract, according to Football Insider.

Lavinier failed to make it into the squad for the U-21 developmental side in their opening two Premier League 2 matches this season. The defender was a regular for them in the previous campaign, but he was sidelined for the games against Everton and Leicester City.

The right-back will see his current contract expire at the end of this season. While Spurs wanted to renew his deal, he rejected their offer, which prompted the club to axe him from the youth setup as a result of disputes between the two parties.

The 21-year-old had showcased great flexibility to play in the left-back role as well last season. Lavinier made 21 appearances in total for various youth levels, and he even earned four assists across all competitions in the process (Transfermarkt).

Lavinier was released by Chelsea back in 2020, after which the North Londoners gave him a contract, having been impressed during trials in October that year (Daily Mail). Despite that, it now looks like he is heading out the doors at Hotspur Way.

Spurs Web Opinion:

It is quite surprising to see Lavinier deciding to go down this route even after Tottenham handed him a lifeline following his exit from the Blues.

It remains to be seen what the reason for his decision was and why he chose to refute the contract extension put on the table by Spurs.

Perhaps it could be down to Djed Spence’s arrival from Middlesbrough as Antonio Conte now has three or four right-wing-backs to choose from in his squad.

In such a case, Lavinier may have potentially felt that his chances of getting into the first team have now become slim after the new addition.

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  1. Or he may just be an another arrogant young footballer who thinks he’s worth more than he is. There is a pattern developing, don’t ignore the evidence.


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