Opinion: Should Spurs be offering Jan Vertonghen a new contract?

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Dom Le Roy

Reports have emerged in the past 24-hours stating that Tottenham have now opened talks with experienced defender, Jan Vertonghen, over a new contract (Daily Mail).

Vertonghen’s current deal runs out at the end of the season, meaning that, as it stands, he would leave the club on a free in 2020.

However, Spurs are now said to be willing to extend the 32-year-old’s time in North London, but are unwilling to offer anything more than a 12-month contract.

In my opinion, despite an up and down start to the new season, Vertonghen is still Tottenham’s most consistent defender.

Having a left-footed centre-back, as well as someone with Jan’s class and experience is invaluable to the team, for the strength of the starting XI and for the youngsters learning from him.

I believe offering him a new contract is an absolute no-brainer, and they should be giving him two or three years, rather than the 12-months mentioned.

Once they get Jan signed, the focus should then switch to getting Alderweireld to follow suit. Spurs can’t afford to split up that partnership at the moment.

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