By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer has signed a new contract extension that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.

The club announced on Thursday afternoon on their Twitter page that the 23-year-old defender, who joined Spurs from Cologne last summer, has agreed to a new five-year deal.

The central defender made 21 appearances in all competitions last season, which included 10 Premier League appearances, as he filled in admirably alongside Toby Alderweireld during Jan Vertonghen’s absence due to injury.

The Austria international will also be expected to fulfil a similar role in the early stages of the forthcoming season as Vertonghen suffered an ankle injury while on international duty in France earlier this summer.

Spurs have already tied several key members of Mauricio Pochettino’s side to long-term deals in recent months including Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele, while Pochettino has also committed his long-term future to the club.

The north London side achieved a third place finish in last season’s Premier League. They will be looking to progress further in the 2016/17 season and will need a big squad if they also want to be competitive in the Champions League.

In other Tottenham team news, Spurs forward Son Heung-Min does not fear the fierce competition that he will face in the upcoming season.