Tottenham Hotspur star Mousa Dembele has seen fresh doubt poured over his future at the new White Hart Lane after his agent informed a Dutch news outlet that the midfielder will not currently be signing a new contract with the club.
Dembele, who has been with Spurs since 2012 after two impressive years with Fulham, has just one more year left on his existing deal and, at the age of 30, is seemingly considering his options.
"Mousa has another one year contract with Tottenham, he has played a fantastic season and there is a lot going on around him," agent Tom de Mul told Soccer News in the Netherlands.
"There is a lot of interest inside and outside of Europe. We are waiting for the World Cup and I hope he plays in Russia, because he deserves that after such a peak season.
"A difficult last year avoid as with [Toby] Alderweireld? For the time being, Mousa does not sign."
It would appear that De Mul hopes his client can use the World Cup as something of a shop window to impress, either to yield an improved offer from Spurs, or another from elsewhere.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has noted that Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan are just one of the clubs thought to be interested in Dembele. AC Milan and Juventus have also been linked.
Mousa Dembélé will wait until after the World Cup to decide his future. At the moment he won’t sign a new deal. He has one year left on his contract. There’s interest from China (Beijing Guoan) and also from other clubs. #thfc pic.twitter.com/fiDbs3kZ2S— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) May 23, 2018
Dembele is one of 12 Spurs players who have been named in preliminary or final World Cup squads by six different countries this summer. Dembele is joined in the preliminary Belgium squad by fellow Spurs' stars Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Hugo Lloris and Davinson Sanchez will be representing Denmark, South Korea, France and Colombia respectively.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier also make Tottenham the single most represented club in the England squad, with Kane also named as captain this week.