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Manchester United have decided to terminate Sergio Reguilon’s season-long loan deal this month, sending him back to Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports. Reguilon joined as a late emergency left-back in the summer but was expected to leave this winter depending on Erik ten Hag’s injury fortunes.

According to The Athletic, United have triggered a break clause they inserted in the 27-year-old’s contract, allowing them or Tottenham to end the agreement in January.

Reguilon landed at Old Trafford on deadline day after an injury to Luke Shaw compiled Ten Hag’s early-season injury woes, which continued to mount throughout the first half of the campaign.

Tyrell Malacia was already a long-term absentee due to a pre-season issue he suffered before United’s tour of the United States.

But with Shaw returning to action at the end of 2023 and Malacia expected back in contention this month, Reguilon’s cover is no longer required.

The Spaniard made 12 appearances in all competitions, most recently as a 90th-minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

He could be in contention to feature for Tottenham in Friday’s FA Cup third-round clash against Burnley if Ange Postecoglou plans to rotate.

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Spurs could offload Reguilon again before the winter transfer deadline if he doesn’t make an appearance in the coming weeks.

Under FIFA rules, players can only play for two different clubs in a single season, meaning Reguilon may still depart north London on another loan or permanently.

Postecoglou has two solid left-back options in Destiny Udogie and Ben Davies, contributing to his willingness to loan Reguilon to a direct rival in the summer.

But Davies has been standing in at centre-back, with Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven currently sidelined through injury.

That could open the window of opportunity for the former Sevilla star in the second half of the season as Postecoglou attempts to guide Spurs back into the Champions League.

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