Nabil Bentaleb could leave Tottenham in the summer

By Harry Sykes

Nabil Bentaleb has revealed that it is the right time for him to bring to an end his five-year association with Tottenham.

Spurs announced on their official Twitter account on Friday evening that they had reached an agreement with Schalke for the midfielder to join the Bundesliga club on a permanent basis.

Bentaleb, 22, subsequently took to social media to express his delight at securing a move following a successful loan spell in which he has proven himself in a new playmaker role.

The Algeria international claimed on his personal Twitter account he looked forward to “new beginnings” at Schalke and offered his “thanks to everyone at the club” for their faith placed in him.

Bentaleb said he had “great memories” of his five years at Tottenham but insisted that it was the right time to move on to pastures new.

Bentaleb joined Schalke last summer on a season-long loan but Sky Sports reported earlier in the month that the deal included a clause that he could move permanently for £16million if he played in 20 league matches for the club.

The Algerian reached that total in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Cologne and Spurs moved to confirm his exit after the landmark was triggered.

Bentaleb initially move to Tottenham in January 2012 after having a trial with fellow English side Birmingham.

He made his debut for the club in 2013 and went on to play in 66 matches for the north London side, establishing himself under ex-manager Tim Sherwood before Mauricio Pochettino made him a regular in central midfield in his first season at the club.

But Bentaleb slipped down the pecking order last season amid question marks about his attitude and played his last game for Spurs in the middle of last season.

His future now lies with Schalke, where he has provided five goals and five assists in 27 matches this season.

In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas has labelled this former Spurs midfielder an absolute disgrace.

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