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Reports drops a crucial reason why Adama Traore didn't push for Tottenham

Adama Traore is on his way to Barcelona, with the Spanish giants having pipped Tottenham Hotspur to the post for the Spanish winger.

Fabrizio Romano has reported the move should be completed by Friday, with the player joining on loan with an option to buy.

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Traore has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs for months.

It had felt as though the 26-year-old was going to head for north London to link up with Antonio Conte.

But Barca have swooped to bring their former player back to the Nou Camp.

Supposedly, it has been Traore’s dream to go back to the club he left in 2015 to join Aston Villa.

That has likely played a big part in his decision.

But there is also a claim today from the Telegraph about Traore’s reason for not pushing to join Tottenham.

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Apparently, the player had reservations about playing as a wing-back under Conte.

Conte, of course, won the Premier League with Chelsea and had used Victor Moses as a right wing-back to great success.

He converted the Nigeria international, with Marcos Alonso playing left wing-back. It proved to be hugely effective.

There had been reports the Italian saw the potential in Traore to make that same transition for his Spurs side.

But that is apparently not something Traore was keen for.

Traore cannot be blamed for choosing Barca over Spurs

Maybe Traore was open to making a move to Spurs.

But it could be that he just wasn’t on board with the plans Conte had for him.

He has played as a winger his whole career, making the odd appearance for Wolves at wing-back during the Nuno Espirito Santo days.

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Traore is not particularly known for his defensive qualities.

It is no surprise that he has chosen to go to Barca to play in his natural position over learning a new role at Spurs.