‘Annoyed’ Bentaleb tracked by three clubs

Date published: Thursday 4th June 2015 8:21

Bentaleb established himself as a key member of the team under Mauricio Pochettino this season, starting 25 games in the Premier League, and the Algeria midfielder is keen to commit his future to the club.

However, the 20-year-old is frustrated by the length of time it is taking to finalise a new contract and knows he has been scouted by other clubs, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, according to the Daily Telegraph.

“I play every game like it is my last game,” said Bentaleb. “I give everything on the pitch. I’ve been working really hard and it’s normal for me to want to get rewarded. We’ve been negotiating for nearly nine months now, since September, and it’s getting really long and, of course, I’m getting a little bit tired of it.

“But I still work hard. It doesn’t change how hard I work. I will still be the same person. But sometimes it is annoying when you don’t feel treated as you should be. This season was a really good season for me and I’ve had some interest from big clubs, from Champions League clubs. I’m really flattered.

“I feel I’ve grown this season. I’ve shown more maturity and more confidence, even more desire. I fight even more. If right now I was still at the same level that I was a year ago there would be a problem.”

Despite the contract delay, Bentaleb says he is happy at White Hart Lane and has thanked the club’s fans for the support they have given him.

“I have absolutely no problem with the club itself,” he added in the Telegraph. “I like the club. I really enjoy playing. When I put the Tottenham shirt on I give everything. The people from the club understand this. The fans understand this.

“I thank the Spurs fans for everything they do, for when they push us, and especially when they are encouraging me on the field or outside the field when I see fans. They are the ones who give me even more strength. For me, they are the 12th man on the pitch.

“Before, I didn’t understand what fans can bring to a player. For me, it was just ‘fans’. But now I understand the love they show for the club and I will take it on board and I will start loving the club like they do. I feel part of the club.”

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