Former Arsenal defender questions Spurs’ contract policy

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Tottenham fans have been sweating over the futures of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as all three stars will see their current deals with the club run out at the end of the current season.

The club announced last week that they managed to agree on a new four year deal with midfielder Moussa Sissoko. While Sissoko’s recent performances have certainly been deserving of a new contract offer, there may have been some surprise over the announcement given the Frenchman’s age.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy hasn’t been too keen on offering long term deals for players over thirty and Sissoko’s new contract thus potentially signalled a change in policy from the club.

Former Arsenal defender Charlie Nicholas is confused about Tottenham’s priorities and suggested that perhaps they were trying to act too smart by not retaining their best players.

Speaking to Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News (28/09/2019 at 2:50 pm), Nicholas said, “I don’t exactly know where they are going in terms of the structure of the club. Danny Rose, they were quite happy to let go, 29-years-old. Alderweireld, 30. Vertonghen, 32, running down their contracts.

“But they are happy to give Kane, Dele Alli, and Winks four or five-year contracts. Sissoko recently gets another three or four-year contract. Is it they are going for youth? And getting the right age and disregarding the older element to make it more valuable for them. Or are they trying to be too smart of certain individuals here?

“I don’t quite know how they can offer people like Sissoko new contracts, yet they can’t nail down Eriksen and the defenders because when you look back at their partnership, they have been as consistently as good as any Spurs player.”

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While Spurs fans will still be hoping that the likes of Eriksen, Vertonghen, and Alderweireld agree on new deals with the club, their predicament has little to do with Sissoko’s contract. The midfielder certainly deserved the deal for how he managed to turn his Tottenham career around after becoming a scapegoat among fans in his first couple of seasons.

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