Dele Alli has already signed a new contract at Spurs, doubling his wages to £25,000-a-week despite only arriving at the club in the summer.
The 19-year-old signed from MK Dons in a £5 million deal at the start of the season, but he has already become one of the Premier League’s hottest young prospects on the market.
It is that very market that Spurs appear to be concerned about, and The Times report that he could be asked to put pen to paper once again in the summer, particularly if he is included – as is widely expected – in the England squad that heads to France for Euro 2016.
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No doubt Alli has a bright future at the club, but it will reassure fans that Spurs are at least attempting to shake off their reputation as a selling club.
Alli has committed until 2021, although of course that does not necessarily mean he will stay for the duration; indeed, Premier League clubs have been known to offer new deals prior to a player leaving to ensure they get the maximum fee possible for them.
It is still of note, however, in that Tottenham appear to be taking a tougher stance when it comes to keeping players whom they have no desire to sell.
Kane in demand
That attitude could be tested again in the summer as the looming vulture of Europe’s top clubs hover around Harry Kane.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino seems to have spent so much of the season insisting that his star striker is not for sale, that it would undermine him hugely if the 22-year-old were to depart come the end of the season.
Sticking to their guns
With that in mind, the Argentine must be reasonably confident that the club intend to stick to their word, particularly as their key players all appear happy to stay at White Hart Lane.
What is more, given Spurs’ affluent financial situation, there is no need to cash in on their top players. A lesson they have learned – or perhaps been taught the hard way by their rivals – is that simply stating that players are not for sale is not always enough.
Now, they are becoming proactive, taking the initiative in ensuring that they do not find themselves under pressure to sell. It will certainly be interesting to see how they hold out when the summer transfer window brings a renewed barrage of interest.
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