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Tottenham fans are spot on: Daniel Levy simply must seal Jan Vertonghen contract agreement

Tottenham fans are spot on: Daniel Levy simply must seal Jan Vertonghen contract agreement

Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team record a fourth successive victory in the Premier League at the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with London rivals West Ham having got past the likes of Brighton, Huddersfield Town, and Cardiff City in their preceding three matches, and thus full of confidence ahead of their trip to the London Stadium. And they returned to North London with all three points as an Erik Lamela header just before half time sealed a narrow 1-0 success for Pochettino’s side, thus keeping them two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Spurs supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to react to reports suggesting that defender Jan Vertonghen is eyeing up a contract extension of longer than 12 months, with many fans believing that the club should meet his demands.

And given just how important the Belgium international has been to Pochettino’s team in the last few years, chairman Daniel Levy simply must heed the advice of those Tottenham supporters by rewarding the lynchpin for his unwavering loyalty by giving him the contract he wants.

Ultimately, the 31-year-old has been something of a revelation since his move to North London back in 2012, what with the centre back going on to become one of the best in the Premier League, at the same time striking up a formidable partnership in the heart of Pochettino’s defence alongside compatriot Toby Alderweireld.

It was alongside Alderweireld in which Vertonghen helped Spurs to the best defensive record in the division in the 2015/16 season and indeed the campaign after, the latter of which seeing Tottenham finish runners-up to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

And in again producing the goods defensively in finishing the third tightest defence last term behind champions City and second place Manchester United, the 31-year-old continues to prove his worth for Spurs, and as such is a player they really have to retain given how he continues to produce the goods on a regular basis.

Yes, he will turn 32 in April next year, but he continues to show everything that is needed to succeed as a modern-day centre back in the Premier League – he’s excellent defensively, but there are also fewer better defenders on the ball in the English top-flight than the Belgian ace.

And given everything he has given to Tottenham in his six years at the club, helping them become one of the best teams in the country under Pochettino, chairman Levy and the Spurs hierarchy must seek to give him something back, namely the contract he desires.

It would appear that Vertonghen still has plenty of football left in him given his performances have remained at a consistently high-level in the last few years, so an extension greater than 12 months certainly appears a reasonable demand – a demand some Spurs fans certainly feel is reasonable.

As such, Levy must seek to honour that by giving the 31-year-old the deal he desires to keep him at the North London club.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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