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Mousa Dembele is one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League. He has been phenomenal for Tottenham and is an integral part of Pochettino’s team.
With his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2019, Tottenham are desperate to enter into new contract extensions with him as soon as possible. Pochettino is a big admirer of the Belgian and hailed him as ‘genius’.
But Dembele has cast doubt over his Tottenham future recently by claiming that he is in no rush to enter into a contract extension and will wait until World Cup is over, leaving open the possibility that this could be his final campaign at the club.
The 31 year old has now expressed his desire to extend Spurs stay by 3 years. His desire for a new 3 year contract could scupper talks to stay at Tottenham, the Daily Telegraph reports. He also seeks an increase in his wages from £80,000-a-week to £100,000-a-week. He realizes that this will be his last big contract and that’s why he wants 3 year contract extension, taking him to 2022.
Given Dembele’s injury record, it would represent a big risk for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to agree to a pay increase that would effectively run for four more years from this summer. But Spurs are also aware that he has interest from Europe, and in particular Italy and don’t want to lose the midfielder this summer.