By Editor Wayne Veysey
Mousa Dembele is set to hold new contract talks with Tottenham, Football Insider sources understand.
The 28-year-old’s current deal ends in the summer of 2017 and Spurs are keen to schedule discussions about an extension.
Dembele clinched victory for the north Londoners last night with a spectacular late strike to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 and propel Mauricio Pochettino’s team to the top of their Europa League group.
The midfielder had been facing an uncertain future after falling behind Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier and Ryan Mason in the pecking order for central places but he has played some of his best football for two seasons since returning to the team in the goal-less draw with Liverpool last month.
Deployed in a more attacking role. the Belgium international has scored three goals in consecutive matches and showed Pochettino that he should be rewarded with an extension to his contract.
Talks will be scheduled with the club imminently, with the midfielder likely to feel his negotiating power has increased as a result of his recent form.
The Belgian has already made seven Premier League starts this term, compared to the 10 games he started in the entirety of last season.
He came off the bench after 73 minutes to win the game for Spurs last night as he was saved for Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal.