Mousa Dembele wants his new Tottenham contract to run until the summer of 2022 but the club is reluctant to offer him a three-year extension, according to the Telegraph.
The midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of next season, and he is apparently keen to sign a three-year extension that would make him a Spurs player until the end of the 2021-22 campaign.
Dembele believes this could be his last big contract. He will be almost 35 by the end of his deal if he does recommit until the summer of 2022, a factor that is giving the club pause ahead of negotiations.
Currently 30 years of age, the Belgian is believed to earn around £80,000 per week. A new contract would see him make closer to £100,000 per week.
There is a good chance a number of Tottenham’s key player will be offered new, improved deals in the coming months, especially if the club qualifies for the Champions League for a third successive year.
Spurs are in a great position to do exactly that after moving eight points above Chelsea in the race for a top four finish following Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Dembele has been an integral member of the first team squad over the last two seasons – Tottenham would be wise to tie him down while he is still operating at a high level.