Tottenham are hopeful of extending Jan Vertonghen’s contract until the end of the season before he quits the club in the summer.
The Belgium international, who turned 33 in April, has knocked back Spurs’ offer of a new deal to keep him for at least another year.
But a Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club have offered Vertonghen a deal for the remaining nine matches of the extended campaign and expect him to sign it.
The London club’s hierarchy would like it done before their Premier League return against Man United on Friday night.
The Belgian is in contention to continue his longstanding and hugely successful partnership with countryman Toby Alderweireld in the 8.15pm kick-off.
Under new Premier League rules, clubs should negotiate temporary extensions with out-of-contract players by 23 June.
Some players in Vertonghen’s position fear a serious injury could jeopardise their next transfer – including Tottenham target Ryan Fraser – but the experienced centre-back would be unlikely to feature in every Spurs match in any case.
Vertonghen , who joined Spurs in 2012, has not been a nailed-on starter this season but has still made 26 appearances in all competitions.
Eighteen of those have come from Premier League starts, with the versatile Belgian slotting in at left-back on a number of occasions.
The defender is expected to move to a new club when the transfer window eventually opens, with Inter Milan and Fiorentina both offering him contracts.
In December, Jose Mourinho said he hoped Vertonghen would follow Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld in agreeing a contract extension but talks have since ground to a halt.
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