Tottenham star makes ‘disrespectful’ claim when asked about future; doesn’t rule out departure

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Bryan-Gil-Harry-Kane-Tottenham Credit: Alamy
Bryan-Gil-Harry-Kane-Tottenham Credit: Alamy

Tottenham Hotspur outcast Bryan Gil has refused to rule out a permanent departure, after enjoying a second loan spell with Sevilla this season.

The 22-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by former Spurs manager Antonio Conte in January, who didn’t think he was good enough to break into his starting XI.

Now, Gil has admitted he is ‘very happy’ at Sevilla. But, he fell short of saying he wanted to leave Tottenham for good this summer.

Despite Sevilla enduring a disappointing season in LaLiga, they have been excellent in the Europa League. Indeed, they are currently preparing for a semi-final against Juventus on Thursday.

Gil is expected to be involved in the game, too, after being in good form recently.

Ahead of the clash, Marca asked the Tottenham loanee whether he would be open to joining up with Sevilla again next season.

“Well, I don’t know, the truth is that I am very, very happy here. I have been very happy to belong to this club.

“But, I have a contract with Tottenham and I think it would be disrespectful to talk about staying here.”

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Gil lauds valuable Sevilla challenge

Gil is under contract with Tottenham until 2026. He has only ever made 31 appearances for them, including 11 this season, and is yet to score for the club.

However, his form in Spain has caught the attention of some top European clubs. Indeed, even Barcelona have identified Gil as a potential target.

This season, the Spaniard has made 18 appearances for Sevilla. In the process, he has scored two goals and made two assists.

Gil’s loan at the Spanish club terminates at the end of the season. Sevilla don’t have an option or obligation to make his stay permanent.

As mentioned, Sevilla have been poor in the league this season. This resulted in them sacking two managers. Jorge Sampaoli, who signed Gil in January, was shown the exit door in March. He was then replaced by José Luis Mendilibar.

On Sampaoli’s exit, Gil added: “When you change a lot of coaches, part of the blame is on the players, who are the ones on the pitch. When Mendi arrives, the dynamic changes a little and the team starts to go up.

“That’s what we have to look at. It’s all about learning. We can’t relax. We have some very nice things ahead of us and I hope they’re good.”

Then, when asked Sevilla’s upturn in form ‘tastes different’ due to ‘all the ‘suffering’, he said: “When you have bad times, like everything in life, when you are well you are happy, you are cheerful, you enjoy it twice as much… the team deserves it.”

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