Are Tottenham Hotspur about to copy Chelsea's big Nemanja Matic mistake with Serbian compatriot Milos Veljkovic?

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The Serbian midfielder looks set to leave the club in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur have received a blow this week as one of their star youngsters confirmed his intention to leave the club.

Speaking to Zurnal, Milos Veljkovic stated:

"They called me from Red Star and Partizan. I was not inclined or anything promised either one or the other.

"I told them that I want to play the games against Italy and Slovenia first, then maybe we'll talk more specifically.

"The contract with Tottenham expires in new year and earlier I have pleaded not to extend it."

The Serbian has recently had loan spells at Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic. The Serbian Under-21 international won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with his nation in the summer and is considered a future star for the national team.

But he has not made the breakthrough at Spurs and that has seemingly pushed him toward the exit door.

Big deal, right?

Hopefully it will not come back to bite them like it did with Chelsea and another Serbian talent.

Nemanja Maric signed for Chelsea in 2009 from MFK Kosice. But after failing to break into the first-team he was included in the deal for David Luiz when he arrived from Benfica.

Matic went on to become a star in Portugal and, in 2014, Chelsea paid handsomely to bring him back.

Chelsea can afford to make such mistakes with their wealth, Tottenham are far more frugal and will not want to be in a position, three years down the line, that Veljkovic looks perfect for the team but they'd have to eat humble pie to get him.

Losing Veljkovic looks likely, unless he is suddenly thrust into the Spurs first-team, and it might turn out to be a big mistake from Spurs.

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