Seeing his loan at Aston Villa cut short by Manchester United, Axel Tuanzebe was then sent on another temporary deal, this time to Napoli.

The Serie A side seemed thrilled at bringing in the young defender to provide cover for the departure of Kostas Manolas, but it appears Luciano Spalletti has already had to make a sacrifice when it comes to the Red Devils loanee.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Tuanzebe has missed out on Napoli’s Europa League squad, being left out by his manager.

That will come as a blow to Manchester United and the player, who will have wanted to play as much as possible, and the newspaper explain the reason this happened is ‘purely technical’, meaning it was Spalletti’s choice.

Why isn’t really explained other than he might have felt there was enough cover in defence, but Napoli ‘logically left the choice’ to their manager, and while the belief the cut would be between Kevin Malcuit and Adam Ounas, it was ultimately Tuanzebe who was sacrificed.