Ex-England star Andros Townsend training with former team after breaking down in tears when free transfer fell through


EX-ENGLAND star Andros Townsend is training with former side Tottenham.

That’s after breaking down in tears when a free transfer to Burnley collapsed.

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Townsend, 32, finds himself without a club after his Everton contract expired in June.

The winger has not played a game in 18 months following a devastating ACL injury.

Townsend came close to joining Championship winners Burnley after holding talks with Vincent Kompany.

But the Clarets pulled out of a deal to chase younger options, with Townsend admitting he was left in tears.

The ex-Newcastle and Crystal Palace man also saw moves to Turkey and Saudi Arabia fall through this month.

And the Mail claims Townsend is now back at Tottenham in a bid to keep his fitness levels up.

He joined the north Londoners as a kid in 2000 before making his pro debut nine years later.

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Townsend went on to net 11 goals in 93 games before moving to Newcastle in 2015.


But there is no indication that Ange Postecoglou is planning to offer him a short-term deal.

Indeed, it’s reckoned Townsend is not actually working with the senior squad and is instead training with the Under-18s.

Opening up over his emotional Burnley rejection, Townsend told BBC Five Live: “It was probably one of the toughest conversations I’ve had in my career.

“If I was bad and knew I wasn’t going to get a contract I could prepare myself.

“But to be looking at houses, looking at schools, talking about squad numbers and then to be told the contract is no longer on offer, it rocked my world.

“The situation is I’ve not played a competitive match for 18 months so because of my age and lack of minutes English clubs can’t take that risk.

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“I looked abroad and thought clubs would be desperate to sign a player of my experience but it was the same again, lack of minutes.

“That may change if results don’t go their way in the next few weeks. I’m waiting for the phone to ring now.”

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