Mauricio Pochettino is set to veto any contract talks regarding Jan Vertonghen, as reported by Football Insider.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager and his coaching staff are said to be concerned about the 32-year-old’s level of performance this season, as well as the ankle injuries he is increasingly suffering from.
With the Belgian’s contract coming to an end in the summer of 2020, as per Transfermarkt, Vertonghen will be forced to leave Spurs if he is not handed an extension by the season’s culmination, meaning Pochettino could essentially be pushing him out of the club.
Vertonghen has started 6 games in the Premier League, as well as a further 2 in the Champions League, as per WhoScored.
In the league, the 32-year-old has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 3.5 clearances and 0.5 blocks, while he has been dribbled past 0.5 times per game and completed 90.6% of all the passes he has attempted.
This is actually fairly similar to his statistics last season, as he made 0.3 more tackles, 0.2 fewer clearances, an equal number of interceptions and blocks, while he was also dribbled past the same amount per game and completed 3.1% less of his attempted passes.
This could be deemed a bit of a harsh assessment of Vertonghen’s performances judging by the statistics, but should be used as motivation for the Belgian to work and make sure he is deemed worthy of a new deal.
There are plenty of issues with Spurs at the moment, with the team winning just 3 of their 12 games in all competitions this campaign, so the manager could be looking for an excuse to make a change for next season.
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