Former Hull City defender, Alex Bruce, is confident that Jan Vertonghen will remain at Tottenham until the end of the season rather than leaving when his deal runs out next month.
As things stand, Vertonghen would become a free agent in June but Spurs are currently said to be in talks to extend his deal until the end of the campaign after the Premier League gave clubs the green light to do so.
If recent reports are to be believed, it looks as if the centre-half is unlikely to be at the club next season, with several clubs in Spain and Italy said to be interested in snapping him up when he becomes a free agent (Calcio Mercato).
Former Tottenham defender, Alan Hutton, recently expressed his fear that the Belgian international may not want to sign a temporary extension with Spurs, thereby risking an injury which could hamper his prospects of securing a big move elsewhere this summer.
However, Bruce believes that Vertonghen will not hesitate in committing to Spurs until the end of the campaign.
He told Football Insider: “Ultimately it’s going to be the lad’s decision but the professional that Jan Vertonghen is, I’d back him to play for Spurs for the future, even if it’s just a short-term contract to see the season out.
“I think he’ll be committed and I wouldn’t expect anything else from Vertonghen to be honest. I think he’ll roll his sleeves up and have a good go for the last eight, nine games.
“I’d be very surprised if he turned around and said: ‘No, I’m not playing’. That’s the type of guy he is.”
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Vertonghen has proven his commitment and loyalty to Tottenham over the years and so there is every reason to believe that he will stay until the end of the season. With the schedule likely to be tightly packed when the league resumes, we will certainly need him for the final nine games regardless of whether he is still at the club next season.
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