Report: Defender could leave Tottenham amid interest from Real Madrid

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Sergio Reguilon has been a regular at Tottenham since his 2020 arrival from Real Madrid, but his future in North London may be uncertain as El Nacional (h/t Sport Witness) say Los Blancos want to bring him back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real aren’t short of left-backs with Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Miguel Gutiérrez at their disposal, but Marcelo has been out for most of the season with a training ground injury while Mendy has been sidelined all campaign due to a muscle problem, so Carlo Ancelotti needs another defender.

Why would Reguilon leave Tottenham?

Although Reguilon is happy playing under Nuno Espirito Santo while being a regular in the starting lineup, the 24-year-old might be convinced to leave due to Tottenham’s inconsistency in the Premier League. That’s a hypothetical though.

Spurs are fifth in the table with 15 points from eight games, but they’ve lost three times already and have conceded more goals than they’ve scored. The Lilywhites continue to drop points away from home too, but Reguilon won’t want to be on the periphery at Real.

It might take the guarantee of regular playing time to convince him, but there’s no indication he wants out.

How much will he cost?

Real agreed a €40m (£33.8m) buyback clause with Tottenham after selling the Spanish international last summer, so they can bring him back without breaking the bank.

The clause will come into effect at the end of the season, however, so Marcelo and Mendy might have returned from injury by then, thus changing the landscape.

How will this saga play out?

El Nacional concede a January deal isn’t likely as Spurs wouldn’t let an important player leave mid-season, but there’s no guarantee progress would be made the following summer either.

Reguilon won’t be needed if Real have their two senior left-backs fit, so Tottenham probably don’t have anything to worry about. The 24-year-old hasn’t made any suggestion of wanting to leave either, so it appears he’s content to stay for now.