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Heidel: Schalke lucky with Bentaleb. Levy refused to sell to English rival

Schalke chief Christian Heidel has revealed Tottenham refused to consider selling Nabil Bentaleb to a Premier League rival.

The Spurs midfielder joined Schalke over the summer on-loan with the view to a permanent deal.

Heidel admitted: "In Bentaleb we were lucky. There'd been countless offers for him, coming to tens of millions - in English pounds.

"It was our luck that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was afraid to sell him within England. What he wanted, however, was a fee as if we were English.

"In the end, we were able to arrange a loan deal."

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