Michael Brown believes Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen may be reluctant to commit to a new short-term deal ahead of the potential return of the Premier League.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thinks the league’s plans over extending contracts may see the likes of the 33-year-old turn the offer down.
The Premier League issued a statement last week confirming that players out of contract could sign a short-term deal beyond June 30th due to the current suspension of the season.
#PL clubs agree to extensions for out-of-contract players
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 14, 2020
As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham are hopeful that Vertonghen will agree to staying in north London past June 30th when his current terms are set to expire.
However, Brown believes that the Premier League’s rules leave a degree of uncertainty surrounding extensions and suggests that the Belgian may be reluctant to commit.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think there may be players like him who are reluctant because I thought what they might have done was try and change the end date from the end of June to the end of July.
“If you’re out of contract, that’s one month’s severance pay anyway, I thought we might have had an extension on it because they could say: ‘We’re literally moving it back one month this year because we have lost that time.’
“However, it doesn’t look like that will be and players will be saying: We’re contracted until the end of June and that’s all we’re going to do. Ultimately, we’re not prepared to do it.’
“How do you make people work without a contract? It’s so, so difficult because everyone’s circumstances are so, so difficult.”
Vertonghen has had a hit-and-miss 2019/20 season, with 26 appearances under his belt across all competitions.
He has a total of 311 outings to his name for Tottenham, 228 of which have come in the Premier League.
In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has tipped the club to sign a Premier League 26-year-old after recent developments.