Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who left Tottenham Hotspur to join German side Schalke 04 on a season-long loan in the summer, is set to make his move permanent, according to various reports, including The Sun.
The 21-year-old has made an impressive start to life in the Bundesliga, so much so that manager Markus Weinzierl is reportedly ready to meet £17 million buy-out clause to secure the player’s future, with a four-year contract reportedly already agreed.
Tottenham’s Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb could seal a £17m switch to Schalke in January, according to The Sun. https://t.co/3wNGItpXZj
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) November 4, 2016
His decision to swap White Hart Lane for the Veltins-Arena is clearly paying dividends, with the Algeria international getting being given an extended run in the starting line-up – something that he struggled to achieve in North London.
Despite Schalke’s disappointing start to the season, they currently sit in 12th place in the 18-team league, Bentaleb has been a vital part of the side, starting every league match so far and finding the back of the net on three occasions.
— Nabil Bentaleb (@nabilbentaleb42) November 3, 2016
Having made his breakthrough for Spurs during the 2013-14 season under caretaker manager Tim Sherwood, the youngster continued to develop under Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, but found chances hard to come during the last campaign, starting just two Premier League matches.
At the beginning of last month, after his side lost five of their opening six matches, Bentaleb criticised Spurs’ ‘fickle’ fans, stating that the supporters didn’t get behind the team when they were losing.