Journalist claims Spurs player may have extended contract without announcement

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Alasdair Gold of Football.London has claimed Alfie Whiteman could have extended his contract at Tottenham Hotspur without an announcement being made. 

The 22-year-old was recently sent out on loan to Swedish Allsvenskan side Degerfors IF for the rest of the 2021/22 campaign.

Gold claims that Spurs typically have a way of adding an extra year onto their players’ contract while they are out on loan, and believes that could have happened with goalkeeper Whiteman in this case. 

The Football.London Spurs correspondent also used the contracts of defenders Japhet Tanganga and Cameron Carter-Vickers as recent examples of the club operating in this way. 

Speaking on the Gold and Guest talk Tottenham podcast, he said: “Well, as I found out with Cameron Carter-Vickers, never, ever believe the contract end date stated anywhere with any young player at Tottenham. 

“The club have this habit, and this isn’t the first time, they did it with Tanganga at one point. Of, behind the scenes, extending the player’s contract when they go out on loan, essentially to protect themselves.

“Maybe it’s an automatic option or maybe the player has stuck another year on at the same rate.

“I wouldn’t say Alfie will disappear off into the sunset next summer, that’s not guaranteed at all. He may well have already added an extension onto his deal.”

Spurs have not announced an extension to Whiteman’s contract as of yet, but football database transfermarkt.com claim the goalkeeper’s contract at the club is due to expire at the end of June 2022.

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This would certainly be an interesting way of operating with young players’ contracts. If Spurs have done this with other players before, it is likely the same has happened here.

The only real opportunities Whiteman has had with the first team has been during pre-season, but he is very young for a goalkeeper, so there is plenty of time left.

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