Report: Geoffrey Kondogbia not keen on joining Spurs, prefers to stay with Valencia, Marcelino demanding £22m deal

Atletico Madrid's midfielder from Argentina Nico Gaitan (L) vies with Valencia's midfielder from France Geoffrey Kondogbia during the Spanish Liga football match Valencia CF vs Club...

Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia reportedly doesn't want to join Tottenham Hotspur.

Atletico Madrid's midfielder from Argentina Nico Gaitan (L) vies with Valencia's midfielder from France Geoffrey Kondogbia during the Spanish Liga football match Valencia CF vs Club...

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia wants to stay with Valencia rather than join Tottenham Hotspur in 2018.

Kondogbia, 24, emerged as a star with Sevilla and Monaco, eventually moving on to Inter Milan in 2015, where he struggled to live up to his potential before being loaned out to Valencia over the summer.

Geoffrey Kondogbia (#16) of Valencia CF scores his team's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 27, 2017 in Madrid,...

Since heading to Spain, Kondogbia has thrived with Valencia, notching three goals and one assist in 12 games for Marcelino's men in an impressive campaign.

Earlier this week, Sky Sports reported that Tottenham Hotspur are pursuing Kondogbia as they look to bring in a successor to Mousa Dembele in midfield, but the situation isn't exactly easy.

Valencia have an option to buy Kondogbia, which they can activate at any time, and Marca report that manager Marcelino is pushing for the club to secure a €25million (£22million) deal for the Frenchman.

 

Geoffrey Kondogbia of Valencia competes for the ball with Paulinho (L) of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Valencia and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on November 26, 2017 in...

The report adds that Kondogbia is enjoying life with Valencia so much that he wants to stay at the Estadio Mestalla rather than make a move to Tottenham, or even North London rivals Arsenal.

That means that Tottenham may end up having to look elsewhere for Dembele's successor, with a midfielder who can drive forward through the middle of the park being pursued.

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