Club owner discusses future of Tottenham-linked star

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Monaco star Aymen Abdennour has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 25-year-old defender has made 15 appearances for Monaco this term, and his form with the principality club has seen his reputation rise in Europe.

A Tunisian international, Abdennour has also turned out for Tolouse and Werder Bremen, and he has 37 caps to his name having made his international debut in 2008.

Spurs were reportedly looking to sign Abdennour in the January transfer window, as per L’Equipe, although they were apparently shot down in attempts to secure his signature. The player himself did not sound overly keen on a move in the middle of the season - especially with Monaco still in the Champions League - and he was quoted in the same article as admitting his happiness with the Ligue 1 side - although he did not rule out a switch to the Premier League in the future.

With his contract expiring in the summer of 2018, Spurs will know that they could hold off signing Abdennour for a few years to ensure they get a cheap price for him, and, if he starts to force through a move to North London, there is no doubt Monaco would have to cave in.

Bankrolled by Russian businessman Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco have no need to sell players to ensure their future. Abdennour’s future at Stade Louis II looks secure, and Vasilyev spoke to Le Parisien to address the interest in the highly-rated defender.

The 49-year-old said: “He still has a three-year contract. Now it will be up to us to decide. He’s become an essential player in our defence. I want him to stay.”

The defensive positions are ones that need strengthening at White Hart Lane, and Abdennour would be a wise investment. However, it does not look likely that a move is around the corner, and the Lilywhites would do well to look at other targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

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