Mauricio Pochettino slammed Kyle Walker for showing an “alarming lack of respect” to his team-mates after forcing through a move from Tottenham to Manchester City in the close-season.
Walker ended a nine-year stay at Tottenham in pre-season, as the England right-back secured a transfer to City which could eventually be worth £50 million.
Although many were quick to praise Spurs for getting a good deal, particularly with Kieran Trippier emerging as viable competition for Walker, Pochettino was not happy with how the move came about.
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.”