The South African is set to leave White Hart Lane this summer.
Bongani Khumalo played a blinding loan spell at the club as they battled the drop, but the club admit they are unlikely to get hold of the player on a permanent deal.
“It’s unlikely that we’re going to be able to bring Bongani back here, as he’s got options abroad.
“You have to pay credit to him – he came in and done terrifically well in the back four.
“He’s a good character and was a very calming influence on the players around him, with his experience.
“He shored us up and he’s a proper defender and a leader.”
In January 2011 Tottenham Hotspur snapped up the then 24-year-old South African centre back Khumalo from Supersport United. The defender had impressed the previous summer for Bafana Bafana at their home World Cup - even scoring in their 2-1 victory against France.
Khumalo has been out on loan four times since being with the club, to Preston North End, Reading, PAOK Salonika and Doncaster Rovers. However, in his four years at White Hart Lane, he has never made a competitive appearance.
Despite this he remains a hit among Tottenham fans, perhaps for the wrong reasons. But non e will wish him anything but the best in his new adventure, wherever that may be.