There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Jan Vertonghen’s future at Spurs over the past two months.
The 33-year-old’s contract with Tottenham runs out next month and reports have indicated that he is unlikely to sign an extension with the club.
Football Insider revealed last month that while Spurs were willing to offer a one year contract on reduced terms, the experienced defender was demanding a two-year deal.
The centre-half was backed to leave the club off the back of this stalemate, with several clubs in Italy and Spain said to be interested in snapping him up when he becomes a free agent (Calcio Mercato).
ESPN have now specified the Belgian international’s exact demands in return for committing his future to the Lilywhites.
They claim that Vertonghen is open to staying in North London but wants a two-year extension on his present £70,000-a-week salary.
However, Tottenham are reportedly in no mood to offer him such a deal, although it is not revealed whether the wage demands or length of contract are to blame.
It is further asserted that a lack of a long-term agreement may complicate negotiations over a short-term extension for Vertonghen until the end of the season, with his contract running out next month.
Spurs Web Opinion
I see no reason why an inability to agree on a long-term deal should be a hindrance for a short-term deal until the end of the season. The centre-half has proven his loyalty to Spurs over the years and I expect him to see out the season. However, it does look extremely unlikely that he is going to be at the club next campaign.
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