By Russell Edge

12th May, 2018 | 3:21pm

Report: Tottenham green light shock exit of senior powerhouse after behind-the-scenes bombshell

Tottenham have given the green light to sell midfield powerhouse Mousa Dembele this summer after being handed the behind-the-scenes bombshell that he would not be extending his contract, according to a report.

Italian football news outlet Calcio Mercato claim that the 30-year-old had decided not to put pen to paper over an extension, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2019, and that Spurs will shockingly cash in on the Belgian international, currently open to offers, rather than lost him on a free next year.

It is said that Dembele’s availability has pricked the ears of Premier League rivals Manchester City as well as AC Milan, and he could make the final appearance of his Spurs career against Leicester City on Sunday.

Football Insider verdict

Dembele certainly would not have been the Belgian international expected to leave Tottenham this summer but it looks as though he could join Toby Alderweireld out the exit door. It is a big surprise that Spurs have not managed to tie him down to a new deal, even for a year or two, for when he is on form he can be one of the most influential players on the pitch. His ability is without question and when he is missing from the starting XI, Spurs often find it difficult to play in the same way. Many have tried to step into his shoes, including Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama, and while they have elements of his play, no one has managed to contribute the all round play that he possesses. Letting him go to Manchester City would be a massive disappointment to the fans and if he is going to go, then a move abroad is the only acceptable decision.

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