Tottenham Hotspur look to have been handed a potential boost in their hopes of keeping left-back Sergio Reguilon for the long-term after it was revealed that Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is set to join Real Madrid in the summer.
Zinedine Zidane might not favour the 24-year-old, having preferred Marcelo and Ferland Mendy during Reguilon’s time with the club, which led to him joining Sevilla on loan, but there was perhaps concern that he could be signed back the La Liga side if he impresses with Spurs, especially with Marcelo turning 33 this year.
However, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Real Madrid will sign Alaba on a free transfer in the summer, which only adds to Zidane’s options at left-back, with the Austrian having featured there regularly for the Bundesliga side before his switch to centre-back.
This can only be good news for Jose Mourinho’s side, given how quickly Reguilon has adapted to life with the North London club.
In 13 top-flight appearances for the Lilywhites, the Spanish defender has averaged a strong 6.87 rating, with three assists to his name in the top-flight, which sees him rated as Spurs’ eighth-best performer in the Premier League so far this season.
The £48,000-a-week former Sevilla loanee has emphasised his excellent crossing ability in that time too, with his cross for Harry Kane’s header against Fulham recently another sumptuous delivery which will surely have delighted Mourinho.
After helping Sevilla to Europa League success last season, manager Julen Lopetegui had this to say:
“Reguilon’s development has been monstrous. He is a far more complete player than when he arrived.”
Therefore, if the Spanish international can continue to develop in his time with Spurs, it only seems a matter of time before he establishes himself as a top left-back, so Mourinho will no doubt be delighted that Zidane is adding more cover at left-back in his Madrid side, as it could definitely increase the chances of Reguilon staying in North London for the long-term.