News that the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid striker had seen his contract terminated by the White Hart Lane outfit was released to the media on Sunday morning, just hours before the club’s Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland.
The 31-year-old’s departure leaves Spurs with England international Harry Kane as their only recognised centre-forward and he failed to find the target yet again during the 1-0 victory over the Black Cats as a late goal from midfielder Ryan Mason handed the visitors all three points.
Speaking after the match at the Stadium of Light, Pochettino moved to clarify the reasoning behind allowing the Togolese powerhouse to leave the club:
“It was clear from last season, four months ago, the situation was clear,” the Spurs boss said [via Standard Sport].
“I’m happy because for him, it is important that now he has sorted the problem and as a club, we wish all the best to him because our relationship for one year was very good.”
“But on the professional side, we needed to split,” Pochettino added.
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