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‘No way’ – Mourinho rules out Winks leaving in January despite Spurs midfielders reduced role

Jose Mourinho insists there is ‘no way’ Harry Winks will leave Tottenham next month despite the midfielder’s lack of first-team football this season.

Winks has struggled to command a starting position during the opening months of the campaign and has fallen down the pecking order following the summer signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, starting just three Premier League fixtures.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a potential loan move ahead of the January transfer window, with the midfielder keen to secure regular football in order to boost his hopes of making the England squad for next summer’s European Championships.

However, Mourinho has ruled out the prospect of the academy graduate leaving in the winter window and says there is ‘no way’ Winks will be allowed to depart.

“In relation to Winks on loan in January, no way,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s crucial clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

Winks has failed to make a Premier League appearance and has been linked with a loan move to Everton in recent weeks, with Mourinho confirming reports that the midfielder had approached him regarding his lack of minutes.

“If he spoke with me? Why do you ask that? Because you know? Are you asking for me to confirm?” said Mourinho.

“Ahh, so you know! You know, yes! Yes, he came to me. But not just him. Many players come to see me.

“I have my office on the first floor but I also have a little space on the ground floor next to the players’ dressing-room where I used to be before and after the training session to make it easier for them.

“So it’s so easy for them just to go around the corner and to speak with me. So yes Winks came to speak with me. Yes.”

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