By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Jan Vertonghen is set to sign a new Tottenham contract despite an increasingly tense relationship with Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim talks between the Belgium defender and club over a deal to replace his current £40,000-a-week are progressing well.
But it is said that there has been a degree of tension between Vertonghen and manager Pochettino in recent weeks.
The Argentine was reportedly unhappy with Vertonghen’s performance in the 2-1 home defeat by Monaco at Wembley last month, particularly the way Bernardo Silva eased past him to score the opening goal.
Vertonghen also liked a tweet posted after Spurs’s 2-0 win over Manchester City earlier this month, noting that while he and Alderweireld had cost only a combined £24million, City pair John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi commanded an aggregate fee of £85m.
Vertonghen, 29, remains a key player at White Hart Lane and has formed an outstanding central defensive partnership with compatriot Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs have conceded only three goals in the Premier League this season from seven matches and none from open play.
Vertonghen is still very likely to sign an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.
He and Alderweireld are regarded as the best pairing in the Premier League and if Spurs are to push for the title, their challenge will be based heavily on the foundations at the back.
Tottenham announced a number of new contracts with key players last month, with Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all signing. Vertonghen Erik Lamela and Harry Kane are likely to be the next group of players to be tied down.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against West Brom on Saturday.