Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been left disappointed by the departure of the club’s head of recruitment Paul Mitchell.
Mitchell was lured to White Hart Lane from Pochettino’s former side Southampton in 2014 and arrived with a reputation as one of the game’s sharpest spotters of talent.
The 34-year-old will remain in his post until a departure date is agreed but his exit comes as a blow to Spurs – and especially to Pochettino who has worked with Mitchell for years.
“I feel very disappointed with his decision. It’s his personal choice,” Pochettino said.
“You know that we have a relationship from Southampton. I’m very disappointed but when someone takes a decision and it’s personal, what can I do?
“He’s still working with us and we still need to finish the three weeks working together and do the best business for the club.”