Rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Maxime Lopez has admitted that he is happy to stay at Marseille beyond the summer.
The 22-year-old rose to prominence an attacking midfielder when he was still a teenager but has now evolved into a deep-lying playmaker.
His intelligence on the ball and his ability to make the right choice under pressure have made him an important of Andre Villas-Boas’ midfield and his performances are said to attracting the interest of clubs.
Estadio Deportivo reported two weeks ago that Tottenham were pushing to sign the former French Under-21 international, with Jose Mourinho said to be a fan of him.
La Razon reported earlier this week that Lopez was Sevilla bound after the La Liga side reached an agreement with Marseille.
However, the midfielder has now said that he is happy to stay at the Ligue 1 side and is open to signing contract extension with his current deal set to expire next summer (ESPN).
“I have nothing more to say. We don’t know what can happen. I would like to extend it for sure but the ball is not in my court. I’m fine in Marseille.”
The young midfielder also insisted that he does not regret turning down a move to Liverpool when he was 16.
He added: “[Liverpool] had done everything to get me to sign. I hesitated a lot, but today I don’t regret it anymore.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Lopez is happy to stay but Marseille are keen to sell him in order to raise some funds. He is clearly not the profile of midfielder that we need in the summer and so I would be surprised if we make an offer for the 22-year-old.
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