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Tottenham Midfielder open to move away from London as contract talks stall

Nabil Bentaleb wants a nice new contract extension, but he and the club can't agree on a wage. Now, Bentaleb might be looking to move.

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With some many young stars breaking into the first team over the past couple of seasons, Tottenham Hotspur have been handing out contract extensions left and right. One player who has yet to receive his big pay day is midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. According to reports in France, the failure of the club and the player to agree on a weekly wage could result in Bentaleb seeking a move away from Spurs.

The report from France, without quoting anyone in either Bentaleb's camp or at Spurs, has said the failure to reach an agreement has shaken the Algerian's confidence. Meanwhile, three Champions League clubs, two in England and one in Italy (probably Juventus) have enquired about Bentaleb, but chariman Daniel Levy's alleged asking price of €25 million is scaring them off.

As we discussed earlier this month, Bentaleb is seeking wages on par with Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Jan Vertonghen. The club, meanwhile, would prefer to pay him something closer to what Ryan Mason makes. The two parties appear to be at an impasse on these negotiations. Bentaleb, at least in my mind, is clearly worth more than Mason, buy paying him the same as Kane, Eriksen, and Vertonghen seem presumptuous. There really has to be a middle ground here.