Why defender who stopped Arsenal is not Spurs bound despite reports

After helping Monaco reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Aymen Abdennour has raised his profile, but he is unlikely to join Spurs.

It was not surprising that just hours before Monaco’s second-leg clash with Arsenal in the Champions League, one of their best defenders was linked with a move to the Premier League.

French website Foot Mercato understands that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in making a €30 million move for the 25-year-old Tunisian international. However, the timing and the nature of the move all seems a little too convenient.

In the build up to Monaco’s game with Arsenal the defender was speaking on one of France’s biggest football shows, Canal Football Club, and he was asked about his ambitions:

“I’m already in a big club, but there is always stronger clubs. I like England, I would like to play in England,” he was quoted as saying by Foot Mercato.

This season, Abdennour is only playing his first full campaign for Les Monegasques after joining on loan from Toulouse in January 2014. Despite playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, he has established himself as one of Monaco’s most dependable centre-backs.

Against Arsenal on Tuesday, he may have had one or two shaky moments, but under the same amount of constant pressure, it would be hard for any defender to look calm and composed for the full 90 minutes.

With a few towering headers and well-timed tackles, the Tunisian was part of Monaco’s success, even getting lucky when Danny Welbeck’s first-half shot bounced off both his legs while he was on the floor with no idea what was happening around him.

According to WhoScored, Abdennour finished the game with two tackles, two interceptions, one block and 11 clearances. Without him, Leonardo Jardim’s side would not be looking forward to Friday’s draw.

It is very unlikely that the club would actively look to sell the defender this summer. The club has only just paid €13 million for his services this summer, and it was only two weeks ago that he extended his contract until 2019.

That sort of deal would see Monaco recoup the level of fee mentioned by Foot Mercato, but you don’t sign a four-year deal just to be sold three months later. There is absolutely no business sense in that move.

In football, money is the only language that matters and if a huge bid came in, Monaco would have to consider it, but expect Abdennour to at least spend one more season in the principality.

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