Danny Mills has credited the Tottenham board for learning from their mistakes after Moussa Sissoko was confirmed to have signed a new long-term deal at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England defender said that while the French midfielder might not have been the player fans wanted to see tied down, with Cristian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen all in precarious situations, it shows forward-thinking from the club’s top brass.
Spurs confirmed in midweek that the former Newcastle star, who cost the Lilywhites £30million back in 2016, had committed to a long-term deal which runs until 2023.
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Having seen other players run down their contracts and cause the club issues with trying to get them tied down to new ones, Mills says the board appear to have learned their lesson, Football Insider revealing it was chairman Daniel Levy who pushed for Sissoko’s new deal.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think maybe Tottenham are starting to learn and they cannot afford to have another player run his contract down.
“Contracts in this day and age don’t make any difference, it doesn’t mean he’s going to stay until the end of their contract, it just means they’ve got a little bit more control, a little bit more time. Tottenham are protecting their asset.
“There’s a lot of Tottenham players who have taken a little bit of time to come to the fore, Pochettino has slowly developed a lot of players over the course of time. Some of the signings haven’t worked immediately but what you are seeing now is he’s a good coach. He does improve them.”
Having been blasted by supporters and pundits during his first season at Tottenham, Sissoko has gone on to establish himself as an important member of the squad, playing 133 times for the north Londoners prior to Tuesday’s clash against Bayern Munich.