Aston Villa and Tottenham in fresh row over Argentina stars as boss Lionel Scaloni appears to back out of deal to release their players early from international duty
- Aston Villa and Tottenham are in a fresh row with Argentina over their players
- The clubs believe they had an agreement for players to be released early
- This would mean they could quarantine and only miss one league game
- But manager Lionel Scaloni has appeared to back out of the agreement
Aston Villa and Tottenham are embroiled in a new spat with Argentina after coach Lionel Scaloni appeared to back out of a deal to release their players early from international duty.
The clubs believe they have an arrangement with the Argentinian FA for Villa duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, and Spurs pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, to leave South America after the second of their three World Cup qualifiers this fortnight.
This would permit the players to serve their mandatory 10-day quarantine period and miss only one Premier League game.
Aston Villa and Tottenham are embroiled in a new spat with Argentina after coach Lionel Scaloni appeared to back out of a deal to release their players early from international duty
The clubs believe they have an arrangement with the Argentinian FA for players to leave early
But when asked ahead of Argentina’s qualifier in Venezuela this morning, Scaloni said: ‘We gave the list for the three games and there are no doubts about that.
‘The players are here to play all three games. We never had a refusal from the clubs. We spoke and reached a conclusion that they had to come.’
Scaloni’s stance presents a serious headache for Spurs and Villa. If the four players stay for three matches, Martinez and Buendia could miss Villa’s two games away to Chelsea — in the league next Saturday and then the Carabao Cup on September 22 — as well as the home clash with Everton on September 18.
Lionel Scaloni appeared to back out of a deal and said players will be available for all three games
The clubs had hoped their players could leave early so they could quarantine for 10 days and therefore only miss one match
Lo Celso and Romero would miss Spurs’ league games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, a Carabao Cup tie at Wolves and their first Europa Conference League group game at Rennes.
Spurs believe they have an agreement with their players to return after Argentina’s second qualifier in Brazil on Sunday. The same applies to Davinson Sanchez, who has travelled to play for Colombia.
The club are frustrated that if their players play in the third game, by the time they are out of quarantine the October international break will be fast approaching and the process will start again.
Additional reporting: Adrian Kajumba
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