Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte will want to see Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg tied down to a long-term contract in the near future.
That is according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who was speaking to This Is Futbol about the latest news from Hotspur Way.
According to The Times, Tottenham are eager to offer Højbjerg a new deal, with his current contract running out in the summer of 2025.
The 27-year-old, who has previously been dubbed as a “monster” by former Denmark midfielder Morten Bisgaard, has been linked with moves away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the recent past, with Real Madrid said to be interested in the Copenhagen-born midfielder this summer.
And O’Rourke believes that Conte will want the Dane to remain at the club in the long term, with the midfielder proving that he needs to remain part of the Italian manager’s plans if Tottenham are to challenge for trophies.
He said: “I’m sure the Tottenham coach would want him tied down on a long-term contract because I think he has become a key player in the side.
“And I think he is a key man for Spurs going forward if they want to continue their rise up the table and to be challenging for honours.
“I think Højbjerg has proven now that he needs to remain part of his plans if Spurs are to reach those aspirations.”
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This isn’t the only contract situation Spurs are trying to sort out, as Harry Kane’s future is currently slightly uncertain.
We agree with O’Rourke and believe that Højbjerg has become a vital cog in the Tottenham midfield since his signing from Southampton for around £15m in the summer of 2020.
The 60-time Denmark international has been a regular feature in the middle of the park in his time at the club, making 119 appearances and providing nine goals and 13 assists along the way, according to Transfermarkt.
He will undoubtedly be looking to continue his fine run of performances for Denmark at the upcoming World Cup – and with holders France in their group, they will certainly need all their top players in top form.
Meanwhile, the last thing Spurs will want is for suitors to emerge on the back of a good showing in Qatar – so we feel getting the midfield maestro signed up sooner rather than later should be fairly high on Conte’s priority list.
Hojbjerg has proven to be an exceptionally accurate passer of the ball – and ranks in the top 6% of midfielders across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for pass completion rate (89.4%) and progressive passes (5.57) per 90 minutes over the last 365 days, according to FBref.
Therefore, we believe that a new contract should be in the offing imminently for Højbjerg, and both Conte and the club’s supporters will be desperate for him to commit his future to the north London side.