Sources: Tottenham preparing for senior star to quit after new deal rejected
Tottenham are planning for Jan Vertonghen to not be at the club next season despite offering him a new deal, Football Insider understands.
The Belgium international, who turns 33 next month, has failed to agree an extension to his contract, which expires in the summer.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Jose Mourinho and the club hierarchy making early squad plans for the 20/21 campaign are not anticipating Vertonghen to remain.
The long-serving and popular defender has been offered a one-year extension to his deal on reduced terms.
Vertonghen is seeking a minimum of a two-year contract amid widespread interest in his services from major European clubs.
The Belgian’s agent Tom De Mul told HLN earlier this month that the “door is still open” for him to extend his Spurs stay into a ninth season.
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In reality, neither party is expecting that and it is regarded as far more likely that Vertonghen will move on whether the postponed campaign eventually ends.
Vertonghen was the subject of interest from clubs including Ajax and Inter Milan in January but they were put off by an asking price initially set at £12million.
That was no reduced until late in the window, by which point it had become too late to agree a deal.
Vertonghen has lost his regular starting place 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.
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