Tottenham winger Dejan Kulusevski has admitted that he is unsure whether he will be returning to the club next season as time runs out on his long-term loan agreement.
The 23-year-old joined on an 18-month deal from Juventus in last year’s January transfer window, setting the club back an initial £8.3million which included the option to buy for £24.9m this summer.
The costly sum looked to have been a prudent purchase with the Swede excelling alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min during the run-in last campaign.
But with Spurs – and Kulusevski – struggling for confidence and form this season, doubt has been cast on the forward’s long-term future at the club.
‘I don’t know honestly…we will see,’ Kulusevski said after Spurs’ 4-1 win over Leeds on Sunday.
I’m just focused on the pitch, I tried to do as good as I can and now of course it’s time to speak with the club.’
When Kulusevski contributed to Antonio Conte’s fearsome trio last term, few would have anticipated there would be any doubt of Spurs permanently securing his services.
The Swede finished last season with five goals and eight assists from just 18 outings to help Spurs clinch a top-four spot.
The same result from the club at the end of the campaign would have meant Daniel Levy and Co would have had to fork out an increased fee of £29.1m for the youngster.
Kulusevski struggled this season after his impressive performance last term, with a miserly return of two goals and seven assists from 30 appearances.
The forward’s performances this year are symptomatic of the malaise at the club and his uncertain future is just the latest in a longline of issues to sort in this crucial summer.
Spurs could also lose captain Harry Kane, who they value at around £100m. Manchester United are among the clubs interested in the 30-year-old England captain.