Jose Mourinho on Jack Clarke's Leeds United loan spell and what's next for the former Whites youngster

Jose Mourinho was asked about Jack Clarke's loan spell with Leeds United

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 4th January 2020, 10:47 am
Updated Saturday, 4th January 2020, 10:49 am
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho. (Getty)
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho. (Getty)

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has called Jack Clarke's spell with Leeds United a "frustration loan" after the winger was recalled to North London this month.

Clarke made the switch to Spurs in the summer in a deal worth £9million but returned to Thorp Arch immediately on a season-long loan in a bid to continue his development with the Whites.

The 19-year-old, though, failed to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa's starting line-up on a permanent basis following a breakout season under the Argentine last term.

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Clarke was limited to League Cup action at Elland Road and made just one Championship appearance in the opening half of the campaign before his parent club opted to activate a recall clause in late December.

Mourinho admits it has been a frustrating period for Clarke, and says he will now assess his options before decided where to ply his trade for the rest of the campaign.

“I know it’s finished (his loan)," Mourinho said.

"The structure will be to look for another loan where he can play.

“In this half-season, he was not playing much and the objective of a loan is for the players to play.

"A loan without minutes is a frustration loan.

“One is enough so the next one we must be sure is a club and a manager that really wants him to play.”