Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Miralem Pjanic, after the AS Roma midfielder revealed that he is in no rush to open fresh contract negotiations with the Serie 'A' club, reports Sky Sports.
In an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, the 23-year-old has played down suggestions he's set to commit his long-term future to the Italian outfit, saying that now is not the right time to discuss a new deal.
"I have two years remaining on my current contract and it is not the right time to talk about it," said Pjanic.
"If the club wants to talk, there will be a better period for that. I am focused on just one thing so far, giving my very best to the club."
The news will come as a boost to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who has been monitoring the Bosnia international's situation at Stadio Olimpico for some time.
As Tottenham weigh up a bid to lure the player to White Hart Lane, any uncertainty surrounding Pjanic's future at Roma could play into the Premier League club's hands.
Last season there were constant rumours of unrest, following a disagreement between Pjanic and former manager Zdenek Zeman.
However, after the latter was dismissed during the summer, and replaced by the highly-rated Rudi Garcia, the attacking midfielder has flourished.
"Since pre-season training, everything has been very clear between the coach and me," Pjanic added. "Anyway I had no desire for anything else than another season here.
"I want to pay back the coach and the club for the trust they showed me. I feel at ease at AS Roma."