Tottenham midfielder drops hint he will quit next summer
By Harvey Byrne
Nabil Bentaleb has revealed that he’s “very happy” to be at Schalke following his season-long loan move from Tottenham.
The 21-year-old left White Hart Lane for the Bundesliga side in the closing days of the summer window and has featured in eight fixtures for the team.
Bentaleb has now dropped a strong hint he will move on from Spurs when he loan expires even though his contract with the Londoners runs until 2020.
The midfielder found first team opportunities hard to come by in the last campaign at Tottenham, making just 11 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
However, as quoted by the official Schalke club Twitter account Bentaleb has told reporters that he’s happy in Germany, hinting that his future may remain at the seven-time league winners.
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“We’re working really hard to achieve our goals. I am very happy to be here at Schalke,” said Bentaleb.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) October 11, 2016
Bentaleb completed a move to Tottenham from French side Dunkerque during the 2012 winter window.
The 20-time capped Algeria international impressed for the club in the 2014-15 campaign, where the defensive midfielder made 35 appearances for the club under Mauricio Pochettino.
However, following the additions of star midfield trio Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, Bentaleb may have struggled for game time at Tottenham again in the current season.
He still has four years left on his current deal at White Hart Lane, but his future may lie away from the club.
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