Jose Mourinho is on a charm offensive to convince rising star Japhet Tanganga his future is at Tottenham, Football Insider understands.
The north Londoners are working on a deal to keep the 20-year-old centre-back, whose current agreement ends next June.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Mourinho is “rolling out the red carpet” to persuade Tanganga to stay.
The newly-appointed manager and his staff have made it clear to the youngster behind the scenes how highly they rate him and that he will get more first-team opportunities in a bid to convince him his long-term future is at the new White Hart Lane.
The powerfully-built defender flew out with the Tottenham squad for their final Champions League clash against Bayern Munich tonight.
With qualification for the knockout stages already secure and Spurs unable to take top spot from Bayern, Mourinho is set to give playing time to fringe and inexperienced players in Germany.
Football Insider revealed last month that Tottenham have offered Tanganga an extension on improved terms but he has knocked it back.
Spurs are expected to return to the negotiating table with a new offer in an attempt to tie down the rising star, who has graduated from their youth ranks after first joining the club aged 11.
Along with central midfielder Oliver Skipp, 19, and centre-forward Troy Parrott, 17, Tanganga is regarded by Spurs as one of three academy products capable of establishing themselves in the first team in the future.
The centre-back was handed his debut by Mauricio Pochettino earlier this season with a 66-minute run-out in the League Cup defeat to Colchester United.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider how ‘Spurs scouts are looking at signing’ brilliant centre-back who’s price tag rocketing by the week.