By Michael Brown

31st Mar, 2020 | 4:30pm

Exclusive: Ex-Spur has solution to keep Tottenham favourite after contract rejected

Michael Brown has urged Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen to “back himself” and demand a one-year contract with an extension if he plays a stipulated number of matches.

The former Spurs and Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes a solution to keep the defender at the club can be found before the end of the season.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the club are expecting the 32-year-old to leave when his current contract expires this summer after he rejected a one-year deal on reduced terms.

It is understood the Belgium international is looking for a minimum of a two-year agreement, leaving his future up in the air.

However, Brown believes he has found a way for Vertonghen to stay at the club, suggesting a clause based on the number of starts could work in his favour.

“When you’re doing these negotiations, Daniel Levy looks at value,” Brown told Football Insider.

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“For me as a player, I’d be looking at it and saying: ‘Okay, I fancy my chances, why don’t I back myself and say let’s put a number of games in there? If I start half the games, you give me my second year.’

“He should back himself.” 

Vertonghen has played 26 times across all competitions for the Lilywhites this season, operating both as a centre-back and a makeshift left-back.

He has a total of 311 appearances under his belt in north London, 228 of which have come in the Premier League.

In other Tottenham years, it can be REVEALED that one of the club’s stars is in line to sign a SIX-year contract.