By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is expecting to announce another star is extending his contract at White Hart Lane, and it’s rumoured to be Jan Vertonghen, according to a report.
The club have just tied down striker Harry Kane to a new six-year deal, but Pochettino will not rest until he has secured the long-term futures of two more of his leading figures, with Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris seen as priorities.
Lloris signed a new five-year deal in 2014 worth about £80,000 a week, and is content with life in north London – despite Spurs’ early exit from the Champions League. But Pochettino is keen for him to turn this into an extended deal.
The Evening Standard reports that Pochettino is also looking for Vertonghen to put pen-to-paper in a new deal. But the Tottenham boss admits that the Belgian defender is much closer to signing a new deal than his no.1 stopper.
“Maybe in the next few days there will be more contract news – but not about Hugo,” he said.
“He is very ambitious but I can only tell you he is very happy, he wants success here and to stay here. That is his ambition.”
Vertonghen, 29, is out of contract at the end of next season, but has been in negotiations over a new deal for several weeks.
Both players have become an integral part of Tottenham’s defensive unit in recent years, and have been one of the main reasons behind their defensive success.
The club have lost just once in the league this season – last week’s defeat to Chelsea – and have conceded only 10 goals, the joint lowest in the division (with Chelsea).
However, their Champions League effort has been less convincing, as they were eliminated from the group-stage with a game to spare. They won just one of their five games.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino issues a concerning update on long-term absentee Erik Lamela.