Tottenham Hotspur target Lorenzo Pellegrini has put to bed any transfer rumours surrounding his future by penning a new long-term contract with boyhood club AS Roma.
The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Spurs in the summer transfer window and he was seen as a potential bargain, given the €30m (£26m) release clause inserted into his Giallorossi deal, but a move never materialised.
Pellegrini silenced any transfer whispers by signing a new contract with Roma on Saturday, keeping him in the Italian capital until the summer of 2026. Crucially, sporting director Tiago Pinto was able to remove the release clause from his contract, reducing the midfielder's chances of leaving.
The Roma star has become a key figure in the squad over the past couple of years, earning the captain's armband and delivering on the pitch.
Pellegrini's made a lightning start to the new season too, scoring six goals and laying on two assists in only nine matches. Those prolific figures made it imperative to resolve his contract issues before the winter transfer window opened, when teams could snatch him for a fraction of his value.
The low release clause was a cause of great concern in Rome, with Spurs showing a particular interest.
Pellegrini expressed his joy at signing a long-term deal with the club he grew up supporting, admitting that 'it's what he always wanted'.
"It's impossible to put into words," Pellegrini said. "It's what I always wanted. I think it's come at the right time. It was time to tie my future to the club of my city. There could be no better feeling."
Jose Mourinho was also delighted by the announcement, stating that Pellegrini is at Roma 'for good now'.
“It’s what I’ve already said before. He’s a quality player, a talisman, a Rome kid and a Roma fan who has grown up here and become captain here," Mourinho said.
“It’s the right decision for the club and also for Lorenzo. We talked about it. For us as a club stability is important. I am here for three years, he’s here for good now."