Tottenham's Mousa Dembele is 'dissatisfied' with his current role, according to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad.
Dembele is finding starts in Andre Villas Boas' first eleven harder to come by after the Spurs manager added to his squad over the summer.
Both Étienne Capoue and Paulinho arrived at White Hart Lane and with increased competition for places, the Belgian midfielder has become 'dissatisfied'.
He was quoted as saying: "I can not be satisfied with it, of course. I just want to play as many games."
Despite starting twelve matches this season, Dembele is still looking for more first-team opportunities but this may only come in Europa League and cup matches.
There is no doubt that he desires more regular first-team football to boost his international chances with Belgium, where places have become even more competitive now the national team are up to fifth place in the latest FIFA rankings.
Added to that, Dembele played 41 times for Tottenham under Villas Boas last season, so his sudden decline in the pecking order would have disrupted him no doubt, although a January move is unlikely.
The Spurs midfielder does however understand the situation as he went on to say: "The coach explained that he makes a tactical choice."
He then added: "He wants more defensive players in midfield."
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