Tottenham Hotspur misfit Vincent Janssen has told of his desire to remain at Fenerbahce when his season-long loan expires, but is aware that his future remains in Spurs' hands.
Janssen's stock was high when he joined Spurs from Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016, but after an unproductive season at White Hart Lane – during which he scored just twice from open play – the Netherlands international's market value fell drastically, leading to a temporary move to Turkey.
The 23-year-old has not fared much better under Aykut Kocaman, who is apparently keen on a move for Everton striker Oumar Niasse; in 11 Super Lig appearances Janssen has scored just twice, providing two assists.
But despite the minimal upsurge in his goal return, Janssen is happy to be playing regularly at the Sükrü Saracoğlu Stadium and is willing to extend his stay beyond the summer. However, he knows the decision ultimately lies with Tottenham, who have little use for him in the English capital.
"I am in a team where I'm very happy right now. I turned a new page here after struggling last season," Janssen told Turkish publication Fanatik. "I would like to continue my career in Fenerbahce.
"Unfortunately, not everything is down to me. My club's attitude will be decisive."
Fenerbahce will hope Janssen shows a more decisive edge in front of goal in the coming weeks as they bid to wrestle top spot from Galatasaray, who take pride of place at the summit of the Super Lig, two points clear of Istanbul Basaksehir.
Tottenham boss Pochettino was keen to cast Janssen aside in the summer and was finally able to do so when he pilfered Fernando Llorente from under the nose of Chelsea in the dying embers of the transfer market.
The Argentine is unlikely to re-integrate Janssen into his squad in north London when his loan expires, but he is considering bringing back defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, currently on loan at Sheffield United, in order to act as cover for the injured Toby Alderweireld, who could be out until February.
"Yes, it's a decision [recalling Carter-Vickers] we need to talk about in the next few days," the Tottenham boss said in his press conference.
"The decision with Cameron is more about his development than if we need or don't need some more centre-backs in the squad. The decision will be together with [head of coaching and player development] John McDermott, [academy manager] Dean Rastrick and [chief scout] Steve [Hitchen] and of course the club, and trying to provide the player the solution, but not because maybe we need to cover the position or not."