Manchester United have activated a break clause for Sergio Reguilón to cut short his loan and return to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 27-year-old joined United on a season-long loan on deadline day in September as left-back cover, with the arrangement including an option at six months for him to end the deal early.
He is now expected to look at another loan move for the second half of the season, which is possible under Fifa rules as he is yet to play for Spurs during the campaign.
The Spaniard was signed while Luke Shaw was out injured but United now have options returning to Erik ten Hag at left-back. Shaw is currently sidelined but it is a short-term knock, while Tyrell Malacia is close to a return from a knee injury after being out since the summer.
Ten Hag has also used Diogo Dalot at left-back with the Portugal international’s importance to United highlighted by his national team manager Roberto Martínez while recently back in England as a pundit.
Reguilón made 12 appearances for United during his time at the club, with nine of those ending in defeats. Overall, United felt he did well as cover for Shaw who was coming back into the team during the early stages of the campaign.
United’s elimination from European competition means they will have fewer games to juggle in the second half of the season and they were also knocked out of the League Cup which meant a two-legged semi-final last year.
Reguilón’s final start for United was the 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth. While Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou has injury problems at the back, at left-back he has seen Destiny Udogie emerge as a key player and Ben Davies can also play in that position.