Report: Tottenham lay foundations for defender agreement, signature expected in weeks
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are close to reaching an agreement with Jan Vertonghen about a new contract, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that Spurs are keen to swiftly conclude the matter as the defender’s current deal expires at the end of next season.
It is said that progress has been made and that the north London giants are confident the contract will be signed with weeks.
Vertonghen revealed in the aftermath of Tottenham’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night his delight at the club’s forward planning as they secure so many players on lengthy deals.
“It’s important that so many of us are signing new deals and all think the same about Tottenham – the way we want to stay together for years and believe in what we are doing here,” Vertonghen said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “It is just great to be part of it.”
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Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Tom Carroll and Kyle Walker have all signed new contracts with Spurs since the start of the season and Vertonghen’s deal will mark the conclusion of months of negotiations.
The stalemate in Germany means Tottenham’s progression to the Champions League last 16 is far from secure at the halfway point of the group stage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are second in Group E but all four teams are separated by just three points with as many games to go.
Vertonghen fears it will now go down to the wire and their final match against CSKA Moscow on December 7 at Wembley.
“We will try to qualify as soon as we can and win every game,” Vertonghen said to the Standard. “It will help us in the League if we can get through to the last 16 early, but I think this will go to the last game.
“We are a tough team to beat and we have shown that this season. The game against Monaco was just a blip. While it is too strong to say it was a wake-up call, I think it made us all aware that we can be beaten. We have shown great resistance and got good results since then.”
Spurs’ next match is Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Bournemouth.
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