Ricky Sacks tweeted the news that Spurs have reopened discussions with Vertonghen’s representatives over a potential extension, amid interest from a number of leading European clubs including the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
The Love Sport Radio host posted: “Tottenham Hotspur have now resumed negotiations with Jan Vertonghen with view to extending his contract”. He added: “The Belgian is out of contract in June with AC Milan, Inter and Ajax expressing interest but Spurs aren’t ready to give up on the defender yet.”
After arriving at White Hart Lane from Ajax for £11.25m in July 2012, the 33-year-old established himself as one half of a formidable partnership with Toby Alderweireld, going on to make more than 300 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring 14 goals and producing seven assists in all competitions.
He was a firm favourite under former manager Mauricio Pochettino, starring in 212 games for the Argentine, and has played in 19 matches in the Premier League this season, making 2.1 tackles per game, averaging 1.6 interceptions, and completing a staggering 5 clearances on average in the English top flight (WhoScored).
The veteran’s current contract is set to expire in June but it appears Daniel Levy plans to extend this agreement. Unsurprisingly, loads of Lilywhites ripped into the news on Twitter, with one fan slamming the talks as “pointless,” and another adding the club should “let him go.”
Scroll through some of the scathing reactions down below…
Let Him go He’s finished
— Closure99 (@Closure991) May 4, 2020
Will his signing bonus include a fresh pair of legs to replace the old pair??
— Jason Hanna (@jayhandscoys) May 4, 2020
It’s time to move on… we need a shakeup in our defense badly
— Turner ⚪️ (@thfcturner) May 4, 2020
No room for sentiment in football I’m afraid. Poch had to go as does Jan. Sad but true.
— ParkLane 🏴🇬🇧🇮🇱 (@ParkLan73862488) May 4, 2020
Pointless, extend him so he can make appearances in EFL Cup?
Last year was near-tragic, I supposed he can bounce back, but he was a slow player to begin with… many doubts…
— maria. (@ukidzrannoying) May 4, 2020
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