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Tottenham want to tie up to 10 senior stars to new contracts after Mauricio Pochettino signed a new five-year deal, Football Insider sources understand.
Spurs want to concentrate on securing the long-term futures of the players who took them so close to winning their first title in 55 years.
Pochettino put pen to paper on a contract on Wednesday that extends his agreement with the club until 2021. This comes after Football Insider revealed in February that Spurs would hand the Argentine a five-year deal that makes him the best paid manager in the club’s history.
This has provided reassurances to the senior players, who were waiting on Pochettino sorting his future before formally committing to their own extensions.
A source close to the Tottenham boardroom has told Football Insider that the club are hopeful of agreeing a round of new contracts within weeks.
They have held talks with Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli about extending their contracts, which all have two years remaining.
Tottenham chiefs are also keen to tie Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and talisman Harry Kane to more lucrative deals to ward off interest from other clubs.
Dele Alli and Eric Dier committed to new contracts earlier this season but there is an acceptance within the White Hart Lane corridors of power they may need to be rewarded with more valuable deals.
Spurs know their wage bill will climb significantly, although this will be partly offset by the mammoth new television deal that comes into effect in August as well as Champions League qualification.
Spurs have previously cashed in on their prized assets, such as Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, but Pochettino wants to keep the current squad together and develop a youthful and hugely promising group of players.
Other than simply keeping the squad together for Pochettino, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is well aware that the senior stars will be more valuable if they are tied to longer contracts.
In other Tottenham news, it has been reported that Bayern Munich have a “crush” on a 22-year-old Spurs ace.