Tottenham set to make Dejan Kulusevski loan move permanent this summer

Tottenham set to complete permanent signing of Dejan Kulusevski after his initial 18-month loan comes to an end this summer… despite doubts over his long-term future at Spurs

  • The Swedish forward initially impressed after arriving in north London in 2022
  • The 23-year-old struggled for form this term after picking up a hamstring injury
  • But interim coach Ryan Mason has backed the player to rediscover his talents 

Tottenham are set to hand Juventus loanee Dejan Kulusevski a permanent contract at the end of the season after his initial 18-month loan wraps up in north London. 

The Sweden international joined the side in January 2022 from the Serie A club and hit the ground running with a string of impressive performances as the 2021/22 campaign came to a close. 

But this season has been shakier, with the 23-year-old struggling for form after suffering a hamstring injury in September. 

In his 34 appearances across all competitions this season, the forward has scored just two goals and contributed seven more assists. 

As part of the initial deal, Spurs had an obligation to make his transfer permanent to the tune of £31million (€35m) at the end of this season should the club achieve a top four finish and qualify for the Champions League. 

Dejan Kulusevski is set to sign a permanent deal to stay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Despite struggling for form during Spurs’ turbulent campaign, the Juventus loanee is committed to bouncing back at the Premier League club

But Tottenham still have the option to purchase the attacker regardless of their finishing position, which they are believed to be keen to take up. 

After a turbulent season – which in March saw former head coach Antonio Conte sacked after an explosive 10-minute public criticism of his team and the club – Spurs are unlikely to secure a spell in Europe’s top-flight. 

The team currently sit sixth, but their inclusion in the Europa Conference League draw could yet be under threat from Brighton, who are just two points behind them with two games in hand. 

Amidst the uncertainty that preceded Conte’s dismissal, Kulusevski was adamant that his future at Spurs was not linked to that of the manager who had advocated for his loan move. 

‘Conte’s situation will not affect the club’s buy option for me, absolutely not,’ he told reporters before adding: ‘I want to stay at Spurs, of course.’

Tottenham’s acting head coach Ryan Mason insisted that he had limited involvement in discussions about Kulusevski’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but the interim boss backed the Swedish star to rediscover his form.  

‘The general feeling is that Deki is a Tottenham player so those conversations, like many other conversations about other players, will come at the end of the season,’ Mason said.

‘I love Deki as a player. I think he’s got so much room to grow and be a top, top player, even though he already is a top, top player.

Ryan Mason singled out the forward as a ‘top, top player’ when asked about his future

‘At the same time when you play for a club like this, I feel it’s important that you feel you have to earn the shirt in every moment,’ the coach added. 

‘Naturally when you play for a club like this there’s competition. At the moment, last week, you could see he was on the bench but he came on and helped the team get the result. That’s important.’

Spurs will look to shore up their European prospects on Saturday when they face Aston Villa on the road. 

Unai Emery’s side will be looking to bounce back from their last two losses – against Wolves and Manchester United – to bring an end to their rampaging 10-game winning run. 

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