Dos Santos leaving Spurs

Mexican playmaker heading for White Hart Lane exit

Giovani dos Santos: Has been granted permission by Mexico to complete summer switch

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Mexico's Olympic coach, Luis Fernando Tena, has revealed Giovani dos Santos is close to completing a move away from Tottenham Hotspur.

The talented playmaker has endured a frustrating time at White Hart Lane since signing from Barcelona in the summer of 2008.

A nightmare spell in England has seen him struggle to hold down a regular role, preventing him from making the desired impact.

With first team opportunities thin on the ground, Dos Santos has taken in numerous loan spells.

The 23-year-old has spent time with Ipswich Town, Racing Santander and Galatasaray, allowing him to get much-needed game time.

Contract

It has been reported that Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are keen to take him back to Spain this summer, and it appears that a switch may be on the cards.

"He asked us if he could complete the transfer from Tottenham to another team," Tena told mediotempo.com after granting Dos Santos permission to leave Mexico's pre-Olympic training camp.

"He has to go to sign papers, he has to go to get them sorted out.

"The most important thing is his mental state. We never had a doubt when he told us (he wanted to go back to Europe). We told him: 'Go. Do it.'

"He told us the name of the club. I can't say which club, but for us it is much better if he is relaxed, that he gets his contract sorted and that he comes back physically and mentally at his best level, content and knowing that he is going to play."