When Tottenham signed Sergio Reguilon on a deal which allowed Real Madrid to have a buyback option, it was inevitable that rumours would eventually appear in the Spanish media about that clause being used.

That said, the hints from AS this week have come sooner than many expected. Manager Zinedine Zidane has been accused of making a mistake which could cost Madrid €10m, and not sharing the same faith in Reguilon that the Spanish club does.

With Marcelo going through a poor patch of form, and sections of the media surrounding Los Blancos believing he’s close to finished, the Spurs left-back has returned to the agenda.

That Reguilon has played in three of Spain’s last four matches is also motivation for the rumour.

Real Madrid have Ferland Mendy, who was an expensive purchase from Lyon in the 2019 summer window, yet he doesn’t seem to enthuse the Spanish media much.

Reguilon wouldn’t be taken back from Spurs to be back-up to the Frenchman, and given activating the clause wouldn’t be cheap… it’s not something Madrid would do on a whim.

Potential comfort for Tottenham comes from two directions. Firstly, Zidane is stubborn and there’s no guarantee he’ll change his mind on the player.

Secondly, a youngster called Miguel Gutiérrez could provide Madrid’s zero cost answer. El Confidencial say the 19-year-old’s emergence is impressing those in charge at Madrid.

He’s progressing well through the ranks, has been dubbed the ‘new Marcelo’ and, perhaps more importantly, Zidane likes him. Gutiérrez has had training sessions with the first team, and El Confidencial say he could be Marcelo’s ‘replacement’.

Should that be the case, then Tottenham wouldn’t need to worry too much about Reguilon.