Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo desperate to avoid repeat of red-list issues with South American stars

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he is concerned about losing his South American internationals again next month after Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were called-up by Argentina.

The pair, and Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez, spent 10 days training in Croatia earlier this month to avoid being forced into a UK quarantine hotel on returning from internationals in red-list countries.

FIFA and the Premier League are in talks with the UK government to find a solution and Nuno called for an outcome which would allow the players to represent club and country.

“What we expect is what we’re concerned about,” he said. “That the governing bodies make a decision that can protect the clubs in this international break. We don’t want this situation to repeat again so we don’t have our players.

“I always said, it’s very difficult to say no to a national team. It’s never been the case before. We’re facing this situation through the pandemic. What we want is protection. As clubs we need a decision to protect us. We want our players in national teams and we want them available for us also.

“We have been through this problem before and we don’t want the situation to repeat itself. We know and everybody knows there are conversations going on within governing bodies to solve the situation. What we can’t afford is to have our players out again.

“I’m not even considering [them going back to Croatia] because what we want is the situation solved before. Some guidance before so we can communicate to our players and tell the best way to deal with the situation.”

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