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.
He has changed. I loved him when he was with us. Nearly impossible but would be great if he returns.
— Rohit (@psych_haze) February 19, 2019
No to be honest, he’s probably not better than what we have and we don’t have a lot!
If he was cheap and willing to be a rotational player sure but I very much doubt he would be
— Kezman (@Kezman330) February 19, 2019
Stay where you are bigman, your not wanted back
— ♛♛ (@JayCoughlan70) February 19, 2019
Never going to happen not good enough and a sideways man
— tottenhammark82 (@Tottenhammark82) February 19, 2019
I miss him
— MP (@THFCmitch) February 19, 2019
Where would that leave Winks? Is Bentaleb better than Dier? I can see the club wanting to replace Wanyama in the summer, so maybe look at Bentaleb (less expensive than N’Dombele would be).. interesting summer ahead.
— Marc Trainis (@MarcSpurs) February 19, 2019
Nice interview. A decent Dembele replacement maybe but at 24 they’d want too much money for him. Depends on how many years left on his contract.
— Paul Crabb (@PaulJCrabb) February 19, 2019