Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a transfer blow after Axel Witsel hinted that he could remain with current club Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a £20m transfer to Spurs during the upcoming summer window as he is yet to negotiate the terms of a new deal in Russia.
His current contract will expire at the end of next season, so Zenit will be forced to consider his sale or risk seeing him leave for free.
However, despite speculation of his possible departure, the midfielder has admitted that he has not yet decided on his future and has hinted that he could still stay put:
“I am trying not to read any news, but friends and relatives keep calling and telling me what people wrote about me,” he told Match.
“I’ve never closed the door on Zenit.
“Everyone says that I am certainly leaving, but I don’t have such intentions yet.
“I might stay.”
Witsel has long been thought of as one of the top midfielders in Russian football, and is also regarded as a key member of the Belgium national team.
He has already featured 34 times in all competitions for his side this term, so far managing to score five goals while providing another five assists.