Spurs target banned from first-team training

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Dom Le Roy

Rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Max Meyer has been banished from first-team training at Schalke.

The holding midfielder is out of contract this summer at the Bundesliga club and has already signaled his intention to leave the club. After Meyer accused sporting director Christian Heidel of trying to bully him during contract negotiations, the club have taken action.

Meyer told Bild: “I simply did not want to stay with Schalke and work under Heidel. It’s all about this. Lately, it just feels like bullying to me.”

Meyer’s comments prompted action from Shalke, with Heidel replying: “We can’t tolerate such statements and such behaviour.

“We are upset more by his accusations of bullying, which we strongly deny, than his untrue allegations. Schalke 04 have always behaved correctly to Max Meyer.”

After leaving training on Wednesday with a foot injury, Meyer rejected the opportunity to have an MRI examination and has not trained since. He has featured in 28 of Schalke’s 37 games this season and looks to have played his last game for the club.

Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Meyer, and could move for him on a free transfer this summer.

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