Betis expect Tottenham to trigger Lo Celso release clause in January

    Real Betis president Angel Haro expects Tottenham Hotspur to make Giovani Lo Celso’s transfer permanent in January

    Spurs signed Lo Celso on a season-long loan for €16m in the summer, committing themselves to make his move permanent at the end of the 2019/20 campaign for €40m.

    But, the London giants can cut expenses this winter by triggering an optional €32m release clause, which is something the Betis president expects them to do.

    “[Tottenham] will exercise it because if they don’t, they will be [charged more] in June,” said Haro, as reported by the Evening Standard.

    “They may also have to exercise the mandatory [clause].

    “We understand that they will exercise it, but if not [we will be] delighted with the player [returning].”

    Brought in as Mauricio Pochettino’s primary objective, the 23-year-old has so far failed to live up to expectations, often struggling with injuries and fitness issues.

    The Argentinean has made just one Premier League start under Pochettino, and his game time has been further reduced under his successor Jose Mourinho.

    Since the Portuguese manager arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Lo Celso has been given only seven minutes of the top-flight action.

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