'He's a great player' - Spurs told to pay up by Hutton after offer snub: 'Getting silly now...'
Alan Hutton has urged Tottenham to meet Jan Vertonghen’s demands and hand him a new two-year contract before the end of the season.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the centre-back still has plenty to offer, especially in his “unbelievable” partnership with Toby Alderweireld.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Lilywhites are expecting the 32-year-old to leave this summer after he turned down their offer of a one-year extension on reduced terms.
It is understood the Belgium international wants a two-year contract to stay at Spurs but that both parties are pessimistic of a deal being done.
Hutton insists that the defender is still a quality player and offering a deal until 2022 would be a good bit of business.
Asked if he thought Spurs should meet Vertonghen’s demands, Hutton told Football Insider: “I would offer him it, I think he’s a great player.
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“Yes, ups and downs and the contract issue has been a problem throughout the whole season but I think when you’ve got him and Alderweireld firing and doing well, they’re an unbelievable partnership.
“What is he now, 32? He’s not that old, it’s getting silly now, as soon as you hit 30 people are looking at you like you’re over the hill, it’s just silly.
“Giving him two years is no problem in my problem. He’s a centre-half who’s a fit guy, looks after himself – if it was me, I’d give him it. Whether there’s something behind the scenes between him and Mourinho, we don’t know.”
Vertonghen has played 26 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, scoring two goals.
As a centre-back, he has the likes of Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga to battle for a place in the starting XI.
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