Tottenham Hotspur defender, Jan Vertonghen, has just six months left on his current contract in North London, meaning he could leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Bought from Ajax, Vertonghen also now has the chance to talk to overseas clubs about a potential pre-contract agreement, although he can’t talk to English sides until the summer.
Vertonghen is one of the longest-serving current players at Mourinho’s disposal, signing for Spurs back in 2012 and playing across eight seasons for the Lilywhites.
In that time, Jan has played 301 games and scored 11 goals, with six of those coming in his first season for the club (Wikipedia).
Spurs recently signed Alderweireld up to a new deal and still have the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Eric Dier, and Japhet Tanganga, so it remains to be seen whether Vertonghen will be offered a new deal.
However, ex-Spurs man Paul Robinson has urged Levy to cash in on Vertonghen in the January window while he can.
He said (Football Insider): “I’m a big believer in not letting players run down until the last three or four months of their contract.
“If there’s any way of getting some financial reward or remuneration for them in January, then I would do so, rather than letting him run down his contract. Anything is better than nothing.
“He’s able to sign a pre-agreement now with foreign clubs but that give the player the power and to be in that position is difficult.
“If I was in charge of the club or of contracts as such, I wouldn’t want a player of that kind of ilk going into the last three or four months and giving him the opportunity to leave for nothing.
“You could at least get something back for him.”
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