Mousa Dembele has revealed he will not consider entering talks over a new contract with Tottenham until after the World Cup.

The midfielder has made over 200 appearances for Spurs since joining from Fulham in 2012.

His current deal expires at the end of next season, and there have been suggestions Tottenham are keen to extend his deal following a string of sensational performances this season.

Dembele has struggled with a number of recurring injuries during his time in north London, but he remains one of Spurs’ most important players when fit.

However, the 30-year-old says he will not even think about negotiating a new contract until the season is over.

“We have not really talked about an extension of my contract,” he told reporters (via the Telegraph).

“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.

“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.

“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. I do not lie when I say that I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.

“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers.

“For now, I’m only focussing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season. Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”

Despite a lack of goals and assists, Dembele is regarded as one of the most influential players in the Premier League.

Indeed, he has dominated the midfields of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus in recent months.

Now a firm fan favourite, the Tottenham supporters will be hopeful the club can come to an agreement with Dembele after the World Cup.



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