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Tottenham are willing to sell Nabil Bentaleb this summer – only 10 months after he signed a lucrative five-year contract.
A well-placed Spurs source has told Football Insider that the club will listen to offers for the central midfielder this summer.
The Londoners value Bentaleb at around £10million and could be ready to cash in on a player who has been reduced to a fringe player this season.
Bentaleb has made just five Spurs starts in an injury-hit campaign after falling behind Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason even when fit.
Bentaleb signed a new five-year deal last July on vastly improved terms and is said to earn more than Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who have both had outstanding seasons and were named in the PFA Team of the Year this week.
It was a reward for a fine campaign in which the academy graduate had established himself in the centre of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield after building on the good impression he had made since breaking into the team under Tim Sherwood.
However, the Algeria international has been on the fringes this season in which he missed three months with an ankle injury suffered in August and has been absent for the title run-in with knee ligament damage.
Pochettino has backed Bentaleb publicly, saying they have a “very good relationship” and challenging him to force his way back into the team.
Speaking in January, the manager explained: “We have a lot of midfielders. We keep a very good relationship with Nabil but it’s true that if he works in the next few weeks, he always will have the possibility to show his real quality.
“It’s about time for him to show he deserves to play. Always it’s about football decisions.”
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