Mourinho refuses to clarify comments over Alderweireld absence


ose Mourinho has refused to explain his comments about Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld‘s absence against Newcastle last weekend and accused the media of “playing games” over his remarks.

But as revealed by Standard Sport, Alderweireld had in fact been with the squad for three days ahead of the match, with photographs and video released by the club on social media showing him in sessions on Thursday and Friday.

In the wake of Joe Willock’s late equaliser and more dropped points on Tyneside, Mourinho also criticised his squad, quipping “same coach, different players” when asked why his sides no longer seem able to protect leads.

Mourinho was late arriving on Zoom for his 12.30pm BST Zoom press conference to preview Sunday’s visit of Manchester United and eager to leave early for a staff match at the training ground, due to start at 1pm.

Asked to explain his comments about Alderweireld, Mourinho claimed he had no case to answer and suggested the media was guilty of sensationalism.

“I can’t clarify and I can’t clarify because you [the media] spoke about it for the whole week,” he said.

“You play the game, enjoy the game during the whole week and now I want to enjoy my game at one o’clock.

“Now I’m here to answer to the question that you already answered for the whole week. There is nothing for me to clarify. If I have to clarify, I clarify with my people and not with the people who know everything and wrote and spoke and sold papers and with audiences on radios and TVs.

“You don’t even pay me a percentage, so I’m not going to play the game. Let me play [my game], I’ve been working in the gym for two weeks for this game and now I’m going to arrive late.”

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