Nabil Bentaleb left the Premier League and Spurs in the summer of 2016, joining Bundesliga outfit Schalke.

Fair play to Nabil Bentaleb.

The Algerian international could have been full of malice for Mauricio Pochettino after being frozen out at Tottenham Hotspur and sold to Schalke in the summer of 2016.

Instead, however, Bentaleb has shown a refreshing self-awareness in an interview with The Independent, admitting that he made mistakes and would be more than happy to work under Pochettino again in the future.

“I got injured and when I came back, I wanted to play so bad that I had some arguments [with Pochettino]. I know I made mistakes. But they helped me learn, as a man,” Bentaleb said.

“If I was 24 right now, and I had been at Tottenham, I don’t think I would make the same mistakes. I would be a hypocrite to say that I would not like to be there, and I am not a hypocrite.”

The Lille-born midfielder looked set to be a fixture in Tottenham’s midfield for many years, particularly alongside Ryan Mason, after establishing himself as a key player in the centre of the park during the 2014/15 season.

Though it is a credit to Bentaleb’s attitude that he has got his head down at Schalke and rebuilt his reputation, taking on a leadership role during his time at the Veltins Arena and adding goals to his game from midfield.

But would Tottenham fans take him back in the post-Mousa Dembele era? Bentaleb’s honest comments have certainly got supporters thinking about a potential return to North London.

Maybe he is worth a second chance, one that he’d probably grab with both hands.

 

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