Spurs defender reveals his contract will be extended

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Dom Le Roy

Talk of Belgian players at Tottenham Hotspur thrown in with a mention of contracts will certainly cause a stir among fans.

With Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen all in the process of witnessing their current contracts getting closer to expiry, there has certainly been a cause for concern.

However, Jan Vertonghen has today given some positive news by indicating that he be open to extend his stay at Spurs beyond 2020.

The central defender currently has a year and a half left on his existing deal at the club and has admitted that there are no active talks taking place about extending beyond the current expiry date.

Vertonghen, 31, has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent performers over recent years and revealed that he feels he can play on until he is 35 or 36.

“I’ve got a contract until 2020 — there’s an option and Tottenham will take that option,” he told Standard Sport.

“So I’ve got a year and a half left and then we’ll see. The way I feel now, I’ve got at least four to five good years left in the tank.

“There are no talks [with the club], but that’s something to discuss. At the moment I feel great at Tottenham. It’s a club with unbelievable potential — not just the players but everything around it. Everyone wants to be part of it.”

He also did not rule out a possible future return to Ajax, where he played before making the switch to the Premier League.  He added: “You never know, but I’ve got a great passion for Ajax,” he said. “I’d probably live in Amsterdam [when I retire]. I can see myself in Belgium a day or two a week with family — it’s only an hour and half drive. My missus is from there. I love the open environment, people being open-minded. I lived there for nine years, it’s a nice city. It has a good quality of life and diversity.”

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