Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has put his future at White Hart Lane in doubt by stating that the North London club’s fans do not support the team when they are not winning.
The Algeria international broke into the Spurs starting XI after graduating from the youth system and played a prominent role in the side under Mauricio Pochettino in 2014-15.
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However, Bentaleb’s habit of giving the ball away in key areas saw the Argentine coach opt for others in the boiler room, with the emergence of Eric Dier as a holding midfielder forcing the African onto the bench.
The summer signing of Victor Wanyama from Southampton put another player in front of the 21-year-old in the midfield preferences, with a loan stint at Schalke following this season.
Bentaleb has stated that has no reservations over leaving White Hart Lane for the 2016-17 campaign and said he is happier and more supported in the Bundesliga.
“Even if Tottenham were on top of the league, I would not regret my transfer,” German daily Bild quote the Algerian as saying.
“They believe in me at Schalke. I made this decision, and a few defeats won’t change anything.
“We worked hard enough, in every match, in every training session. But we’ve made mistakes, and we need to cut them out.
“But we fight and I believe that’s also the reason that the fans support us. I don’t know that from England. If you lose there, nobody supports you in the stadium.”
Bentaleb’s potential future at Tottenham already looked uncertain after his loan move but Pochettino will surely see the comments in a negative manner.
The Spurs boss has been quick to remove any disruptive elements from the Premier League club’s group and it may well be that the Algerian is next to be offloaded permanently.