Mousa Dembele has no desire to give up on his Tottenham career just yet.
When Tottenham Hotspur signed Mousa Dembele for £15 million in 2012 they did so after the Belgian international had excelled at fellow London club Fulham. Plenty of other teams were said to be interested in Dembele at the time, including Manchester United. But Tottenham persevered and got their man.
But in recent times he has not been a regular in the Tottenham side and his performances when given a chance have not warranted further inspection.
This season, under yet another new manager, Dembele has played seven times in the Premier League but has only started on two occasions.
The emergence of Ryan Mason and the general battle for central midfield places at Tottenham has left him something of a spare part, and links to a potential January move have followed.
But the player himself has now made it clear to Belgian press that he is going nowhere in the winter. In quotes presented by Het Nieuwsblad Dembele is clearly not seeking a winter departure:
"I'm not busy with something else in my head. This is a great club and I want to play here and are important.
"I want to especially improve on the field and convince the coach that I am good enough to start.
"Maybe he prefers a different type of player, but I can not even think about that. I can confidently even better. Both physically and technically. Although it is a lot harder if you play less to keep yourself in shape. I have a few things in my head that need to still improve. What those are, I prefer to keep to myself.
"According to the newspapers, everyone wants a transfer the less they play. I love it here and want to do my thing here."
So it would certainly appear Dembele has no desire to leave White Hart Lane any time soon. If that sentiment is shared by his boss remains to be seen.