Noel Whelan has suggested Tottenham could have another Christian Eriksen situation on their hands with an uncommitted Jan Vertonghen if he signs a new deal.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that Vertonghen might have his sights set on a move when his current terms expire this summer.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League have announced that “players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties”.
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Clubs and players now have until the 23 June to agree extensions to their current deals.
With Vertonghen among those out of contract this summer, Whelan believes both the defender and the Lilywhites have a dilemma on their hands.
Asked if Vertonghen might be reluctant to pen a new deal, Whelan told Football Insider: “That’s the difficult thing now for teams, players, clubs and don’t forget agents – agents play a big part for a player.
“I’m sure if there are European clubs out there wanting him, they’re not going to want him to finish the season playing for Tottenham in case he gets injured – that will be the same for the player himself.
“It’s probably going to be either a very uncomfortable conversation between Mr Levy and Mr Mourinho or it’s going to be: ‘You’ve done a lot for me and I will repay you and sign this short-term contract,’ but then are you going to get the best out of the player?
“Is he going to be committed into those tackles? Is he going to be managing his performances to a certain level just to get through it? You can’t play like that. You’ve either got to be 100 per cent committed or not bother.
“That’s the difficult thing that both club and player have got here to deal with. You can’t have people turning up and giving you 85 per cent, we saw that with Eriksen, it doesn’t work.”
In other Tottenham news, Leeds have been tipped to sign a Spurs outcast after talks with Marcelo Bielsa.