Tottenham Hotspur defender Milos Veljkovic has told the club he will leave to find another team at the end of the season. Veljkovic, 20, was given his first-team debut by Tim Sherwood towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, and looked to be making inroads under Mauricio Pochettino when he was selected for a Europa League game in August last season.
But the Serbian was unable to leave a lasting impression and got shipped out on loan to Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic for the remainder of that season. Despite being part of the Serbia side that won the Under-20 World Cup in the summer, his appearances this term have been limited to Tottenham's Under-21 ranks, and it would appear Veljkovic's patience has run out.
"I have told them I will not extend my contract which expires in the summer," Veljkovic told Zurnal, talkSPORT reports. "Both Red Star [Belgrade] and Partizan Belgrade have been in touch, but they did not promise me anything.
"I told them we would talk after the games against Italy and Slovenia [for Serbia's Under-21 side]."
After their dismal defensive record last season, where his side conceded the most goals in the top half of the table, Spurs boss Pochettino made upgrading the club's backline options a priority in the summer transfer window.
Defenders Kevin Wimmer, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier were the club's first three signings of, arriving well before the forward options of Clinton N'Jie and Heung-Min Son.
The window also gave the Argentine the opportunity to rid himself of some of the dead wood in his squad, with defenders Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul among the 13 players to leave.