A report in the Daily Mirror has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur wish to extend Jan Vertonghen’s stay in North London and don’t want to lose him when his contract runs out in the summer.
The defender, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, is already free to negotiate with clubs outside England (Daily Mail).
Vertonghen has failed to establish himself as a regular in the side this season and hasn’t seen too much consistent game time in recent weeks.
Although Jose Mourinho handed the Belgian international a rare start in the FA Cup clash against Southampton last Wednesday, he was withdrawn just past the hour mark and looked devastated to come off.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag admitted earlier in the week that the 32-year-old is one of the players the Dutch giants are considering moving for in the summer (TV channel Ziggo as relayed by Sport Witness).
Now, the Mirror report that Spurs are in a tug of war with the reigning Eredivisie champions to secure Vertonghen’s services for next season.
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The only possible reason Vertonghen would prefer a return to Ajax even if Spurs wanted to keep him, would be if the Dutch giants were willing to offer him a longer contract than Spurs are. I cannot see the Lilywhites offering the defender anything beyond a one-year extension given his age and his form this season.
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