Mauricio Pochettino has slammed Kyle Walker for showing a lack of respect towards his teammates, as he forced a move to Manchester City.
Walker ended his stay at Tottenham in preseason, joining Manchester City for a fee which could rise to £50 million.
Although many believed Tottenham got a good bargain, Pochettino is disappointed in the manner in which Walker asked for the move.
Writing in the Daily Mail’s serialisation of the book Brave New World, Pochettino said: “Walker came to my office after the Watford game.
“‘Gaffer, I’ve been at Tottenham for nine years. I’ve thought about it and my heart isn’t here any more. Nor is my head. I’ve given all I have to give. I wanted to tell you before I tell my agent that I want to leave this summer.’
“‘Kyle, you have to stay professional. There’s a month and a half to go. We’re battling for the Premier League and FA Cup. We have to be focused and finish the campaign strongly.’
“‘Okay, gaffer. But it’s already decided.’
“‘Well, that doesn’t just depend on you or me. It depends on the club, above all. You’ve disappointed me because you’ve decided to tell me that you want to leave when there is a month and bit left in the competition.
“‘You could’ve sucked it up, kept quiet, trained, played and helped the team when not picked, and at the end of the season you could have come and told me.’
“Miguel [D’Agostino, first-team coach] was present. I always try to ensure there are witnesses during private conversations. I considered it to be an alarming lack of respect for his team-mates and a slap in the face for the club. None of that could be explained to the public at the time.
“I had to bite my tongue. From that point, the rumours started to proliferate.”