Mousa Dembele will not be offered a contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur this summer, despite next season being his last under his current agreement with the club, according to reports in Italy.
The 30-year-old recorded just 21 Premier League starts during the recently concluded campaign, with three also coming in the Champions League, and failed to offer as significant impact over the term as he has in previous years.
And according to Calciomercato, the Spurs hierarchy are now willing to part company with the Belgium international; who seemingly does no longer fit into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
After joining Tottenham from Fulham in 2012, Dembele took a little time to adapt to the step up in level; however, has since become a crucial part of the north Londoners’ midfielder line.
But with the ball-winner turning 31 during the summer, and his Argentine manager’s philosophy surrounding youth, the Antwerp-born player’s time has run out at Spurs.
Although the White Hart Lane faithful will be sad to see the back of one of their most loyal servants in recent years, the Belgian is not expected to be short of suitors during the upcoming transfer window.
However, Rossoneri will not have it all their own way, with Premier League champions Manchester City also said to be monitoring Dembele, as Pep Guardiola looks for options to replace both Yaya Toure and Fernandinho during the post-season.