Tottenham players ‘baffled’, ‘angry’ and ‘losing patience’ with Mourinho

Morning papers do not make good reading for Spurs boss, while Man Utd step back from Haaland race.

SOCCER: Tottenham players are not happy with manager Jose Mourinho if the morning papers are to be believed.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Spurs stars are baffled and angry after Jose Mourinho claimed Toby Alderweireld did not train before Newcastle despite images showing him at sessions.

When asked about Alderweireld and Serge Aurier's absence from the match-day squad at Newcastle, Mourinho said: 'They were fit, but they reported for training only yesterday."

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However, according to the Daily Mail, sources claim Alderweireld underwent a COVID test upon his arrival from international duty on Wednesday, while there is photographic evidence of the defender on the training pitch at the club's Enfield HQ on Thursday.

Furthermore, the club posted a video of Friday's training session on its official Twitter page, footage that included Alderweireld.

The Tottenham players are also losing patience with Mourinho pointing the finger at them and insinuating they are not good enough to challenge for a top-four place, says the Daily Telegraph.

When Mourinho, whose sides are famed for defending leads, was asked why Spurs could not do so against Newcastle, he replied: "same coach, different players".

The Daily Mail also report that should owner Daniel Levy choose to part ways with Mourinho, the compensation will be under £30million due to performance clauses linked to European qualification.

Spurs are currently 4/1 with Sky Bet for a top-four finish.

Jose Mourinho is 5/6 (Paddy Power) to leave Tottenham before the start of the 2021/22 EPL season.

Haal off. Red Devils have other priorities

SOCCER: Manchester United's interest in Erling Haaland has cooled, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now seeing a right-winger and centre-back as more pressing priorities.

With talk of a Haaland move to Manchester City intensifyingUnited have drifted to 10/1 with Sky Bet to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker in the summer.

And according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are keen to see their money go further.

They report that Raphael Varane has emerged as a top target for United as they look for a central defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

Interest in the France international, who is said to be looking to leave Real Madrid for a new challenge, dates back to Sir Alex Ferguson's time at the club.

Other players linked include Brighton's Ben White and Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

United also want a right-winger, with another bid for long-term target Jadon Sancho mooted.

White is 3/1 with Sky Bet to join United in the summer, while a Sancho move is priced at 5/2.

However, there are fears David de Gea is ready to quit Old Trafford

The Sun quote his former team-mate Rio Ferdinand as saying: I don't see him staying here and saying, 'right, Dean Henderson has the shirt, I'm going to sit and wait'. No chance, I don't see it, he's going to want to go."

Real Madrid have been consistently linked with the Spanish keeper but Paris Saint-Germain are seen as his most likely summer destination at 3/1.

Howe but not now at Celtic?

SOCCER: Celtic hope to name Eddie Howe as their new boss this week - but he may not take charge until the summer.

Howe's desire to work with Bournemouth first team technical director Richard Hughes has complicated the talks.

Howe wants to bring trusted ally Hughes in as director of football at the Scottish giants.

However, Celtic are believed to have had their own plans in place, with Manchester City's Fergal Harkin one of the names on the shortlist.

The details are not being seen as a major sticking point, with The Scottish Sun reporting that a deal with Howe has been agreed in principle.

Former Cherries boss Howe remains the overwhelming favourite to be the next Hoops boss.

Paddy Power have him as short as 1/8 to be Celtic manager when the 2021/22 Scottish Premier League campaign kicks off.

Howe still retains an interest in the Premier League betting markets, though, and is 4/1 favourite to be the next permanent Southampton manager, 6/1 to be the next Newcastle boss and 10/1 to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor at Old Trafford, all with Paddy Power.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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