The agent of Tottenham Hotspur star Mousa Dembele has revealed that his client is not currently interested in signing an extension to his contract with the club.
The 30-year-old’s deal expires at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and this is the biggest hint yet that his time in North London could be coming to an end.
“Mousa has another one year contract with Tottenham, he has played a fantastic season and there is a lot going on around him, there is a lot of interest inside and outside of Europe, we are waiting for the World Cup and I hope he plays in Russia, because he deserves that after such a peak season,” Tom De Mul told Belgian outlet Voetbal Nieuws.
“For the moment Mousa will not sign.”
Dembele has been included in Belgium’s squad for the World Cup finals after an up and down year with Spurs.
After struggling with injury towards the start of the term, the former Fulham star found some of his best form around the Christmas period, although he will be disappointed that once again Tottenham were unable to claim a trophy.
The Daily Mail reported last month that Dembele was one of four players manager Mauricio Pochettino was willing to let go this summer, if he can recoup a fee of around £20 million.
Tidy in possession and with an almost unique ability to beat players in tight spaces in the centre of the park, it would be near impossible to find a like-for-like replacement for the 74-cap international.
Nonetheless, with concerns over Dembele’s fitness and ability to play regularly across four fronts in a single season, his departure now seems a distinct possibility.
Belgium are heavily fancied at the World Cup and a strong showing from the Tottenham man may well serve to drive up his price tag.