Tottenham are likely to be left disappointed over their reported pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater who is ready to commit to the Foxes.
Talk had been rife all summer over the England international’s future as contract talks rumbled on without any real progress, with Spurs monitoring the situation closely and preparing a swoop.
However, as noted by The Telegraph, their hopes have been dashed as Drinkwater has insisted that while he won’t let contract talks distract him, he wants to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium with a £90,000-a-week deal being reported.
“I’m leaving the contract to them, I’m not getting involved and just trying to concentrate on my football and what happens out on the pitch,” said Drinkwater.
“I want something done. When it’s right it’s right and I’ll sign. I love the club.”
The 26-year-old was a pivotal part of Claudio Ranieri’s side last season that went on to win the Premier League title, although their defence didn’t start well after falling to defeat away at Hull City on the opening weekend of the new campaign.
Having claimed a point against Arsenal at the weekend, Drinkwater went on to add that the spirit is good within the group, and despite the loss of N’Golo Kante this summer, the squad is still strong and ready to repeat their heroics from last year.
The midfielder’s desire to stay will be a huge boost for Ranieri, who has also seen the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez commit their futures to the club too.
Whether or not they can compete in the Premier League and Champions League this year remains to be seen, as questions will likely be asked about their top players again next summer either way.
As for Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino has already strengthened his midfield this summer with the signing of Victor Wanyama, and time will tell as to whether or not he still wants more quality and depth with just over a week to go before the transfer deadline.