Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of securing Mauricio Pochettino's reportedly priority target Anthony Martial has all but ended after the Monaco forward has decided to commit his future to the Ligue 1 side by signing a new deal until summer 2019, the club confirmed.
Earlier this month France Football revealed Tottenham were close to securing his services after having made an offer of around £18m ($28m, €25m) for the 19-year-old striker.
The Daily Mail and Sky Sports later insisted Pochettino had earmarked him as the top priority to bolster his attack during the summer transfer window after he proved to be a sensation in the Ligue 1 side last campaign, scoring nine goals.
According to those reports, the Argentinian boss wanted the under-21 France international to back-up Harry Kane – as Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado face uncertain futures at White Hart Lane.
Spurs were said to be confident in securing the services of the striker as Monaco have sold a number of their major stars in recent years due to their economic situation, including James Rodriguez to Real Madrid last summer and Geoffrey Kondogbia to Inter Milan.
But the Ligue 1 side manager Leonardo Jardim warned Pochettino to forget about his signing as the young forward is one of the few players that was not for sale at any price.
"I know that anything can happen,"Jardim told L'Equipe. "I would like things to be fixed as soon as possible. With [Monaco CEO] Vadim [Vasilyev] and [sporting director Luis [Campos], it is pretty clear. Bernardo Silva and Martial will remain, so will [Nabil] Dirar, [Danijel] Subasic, [Andrea] Raggi, Elderson [Echiejile] and Jeremy [Toulalan]. All others can leave for economic reasons."
And now Monaco have confirmed their firm intentions to keep Martial away after announcing the player has agreed to extend his contract until summer 2019 by signing a new deal.
Club vice-president expressed the club delight over the agreement while saying it is a declaration of their future intentions.
"This extension is a strong message to our supporters. Anthony was approached by top European clubs but we want him to continue his development at Monaco."