Reports in the Telegraph last week claimed that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele’s wish to extend his contract, which will currently expire in 12 months time, by three further years could lead to a breakdown in talks with the North London club.
To lose Dembele would be an absolute travesty, and Spurs would be wise to acquiesce to the Belgian’s wishes in order to keep their midfield mainstay at White Hart Lane.
The main issues over Dembele’s contract extension arise over his age, as the 30-year-old is seeking an extension that will keep him under contract until 2022. The Belgian will be 35 when that deal expires and is looking for six-figure weekly wages which Spurs are reluctant to fork out.
But Dembele is more than worth the show of confidence and outlay of money, as he is the perfect central midfielder for Tottenham’s style of play.
He has become simply vital to the Spurs cause ever since he joined from London neighbours Fulham in 2012, possessing a rare combination of brute strength and succulent skill that makes him one of the most effective midfielders in the league.
One of the world’s most effortless players, Dembele has an incredible knack to dispossess opposition attackers by using his positional awareness and centre of gravity to outmuscle them. And when the Belgian wins back the ball, he can glide forward with pace and purpose, starting many an attack with his driving runs.
He has notched over 60 caps for his country, an impressive feat in a Belgian set-up loaded with world-class talent. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best defensive midfielders, his performances at Spurs have earned significant praise, from his manager, Mauricio Pochettino, to his fellow Tottenham players.
All rave about Dembele as a midfield genius, and as a member of the league’s midfield elite in terms of tackles and dribbles, it is not hard to see why he is so highly-regarded.
Spurs must do everything in their power to retain his services at White Hart Lane for many years to come.