Benoit Assou-Ekotto will leave Tottenham this summer after being told by his manager that he no longer fits into his first team plans.
The Cameroon international has already instructed his agent to start looking to find him a new club for next season according to the Mirror.
Assou-Ekotto was a mainstay of the team under former manager Harry Redknapp but AVB doesn’t feel he is solid enough defensively and has dropped him this season.
The arrival of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax last summer put pressure on Assou-Ekotto and AVB has preferred to play the Belgian at left back.
AVB also doesn’t intend to recall Danny Rose from Sunderland and will let him leave Tottenham for good.
He wants an experienced defensive minded left back and his two main targets are Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao or Inter Milan’s Alvaro Pereira, who played for AVB at Porto when they won the treble together.
Big changes in the first team squad
AVB has shown he can be ruthless with his players since he arrived in England. He attempted to discard Frank Lampard when in charge at Chelsea, but that move backfired on him and ultimately lost him his job at the Bridge.
AVB seems to have learnt from his mistakes though and has bided his time at Spurs, giving each member of the squad his first year in charge to impress him.
However, Assou-Ekotto has failed to do enough and will be one of many players shipped out in order to make room in the squad for AVB to get his own players in.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Tom Huddlestone, William Gallas and Sandro may also be on their way in the summer, and Tottenham will try to offload loanees Danny Rose and Andros Townsend on permanent deals elsewhere.