Done deal: Reported Tottenham target makes decision on long-term future
By Dominic Toner
Danny Drinkwater has agreed a new long-term contract at Leicester, ending Tottenham’s reported pursuit of the midfielder.
The club’s website announced on Thursday that Drinkwater, 26, has agreed a deal keeping him at the King Power Stadium until 2021.
The Sun reported last month that Drinkwater could be the subject of a £20million offer from Spurs amid growing doubts about his future at the Premier League champions.
The Sun claimed last week that Spurs were keeping a close eye on the contract talks between midfield enforcer Drinkwater after he reportedly rejected an £80,000-a-week contract.
It was said that the Foxes hierarchy offered the former Manchester United man a massive rise on his current £30,000-a-week deal last week, but the player reportedly rejected the fresh terms as he pushed for a package closer to £100,000.
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Drinkwater has now joined his team-mates Riyad, Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan and Andy King in signing new deals with Leicester.
The midfielder was an integral part of the Leicester side that completed a huge upset by winning the Premier League last season, after narrowly avoiding relegation the previous year.
The Englishman has enjoyed a remarkable year on the international stage as well as at club level, after he made his debut for his country in March and was included in the 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2016.
Mauricio Pochettino still has talented midfielders at his disposal despite not landing Drinkwater, with new signing Victor Wanyama battling with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele for a place in the middle of the park.
Both Spurs and Leicester will find out their Champions League opponents on Thursday evening as the group stages are drawn in Monaco.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have received an approach for their star player and responded emphatically.