Jose Mourinho has admitted that the club are keen to ensure that Jan Vertonghen stays until the end of the current season, at a minimum.

There has been considerable speculation over the future of the centre-back, whose contract with Spurs runs out at the end of this month.

Reports have indicated that the experienced defender is attracting interest from several clubs in Spain and Italy (Calcio Mercato).

While he is not expected to be in North London next season, there have been questions raised over whether the 33-year-old will see out the campaign with Spurs or leave at the end of June (ESPN).

Reports have previously indicated that Spurs are confident that the long-serving defender will finish the season with the club (Football Insider).

Mourinho has now indicated that Tottenham are in discussions with Vertonghen as well as Michel Vorm, to extend their deals until the end of the campaign.

As quoted by Football.London, the Spurs boss said: “Everything is open, but I think in this moment the intention from the club and from Jan’s side, the main objective now is to think about these nine matches and to focus on finishing in the best possible way.

“Then in relation to the feelings of everyone to make a decision in the end. At the moment, our intention with Jan and Michel Vorm is to secure the group we have now until the end of the season.”

Spurs Web Opinion

If Vertonghen had not made it clear that he is willing to commit himself until the end of the season, I doubt he would have featured in the friendlies leading up to the resumption of the league. I expect the centre-half to play a part in the final eight games of the season but it is clear by now that he is not going to sign an extension beyond the summer.

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