In the week that Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld signed a three-year contract extension at the club, manager Jose Mourinho hopes that two of the Belgian’s team-mates will follow suit.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 56-year-old said that he wants Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen to commit their futures to Spurs, with both players out of contract in north London at the end of this season.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “If I was Jan or Christian, I would stay. Because they have been here for such a long time, they are living the life of the club in the past four, five years, the transition to White Hart Lane to the best stadium in the world, the perspectives of the future, the vision of the club, if I was them I would say I want to be part of the next thing.”
Mourinho’s hopes for Vertonghen appear to have a good chance of materialising, with the Belgium defender stating a few weeks ago that he would like to remain at the club (as per The Guardian).
The 32-year-old’s return from a muscle injury coincided with the mid-November arrival of Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor and he has been ever-present in their last four league games, setting up a goal against Burnley before scoring a last-gasp winner at Wolves last week (as per TransferMarkt).
Vertonghen has enjoyed something of a revival since Mourinho’s appointment. Before the November international break, he had won nine tackles and made nine interceptions in six Premier League appearances this season. Under the Portuguese native, he has won 12 tackles and made 10 interceptions in four league outings. [via WhoScored]
Eriksen’s prospects of staying at Tottenham appear less certain. The Danish playmaker told Ekstra Bladet in the summer that he wanted to “try something new” following Spurs’ defeat in the Champions League final in June.
The 27-year-old has not started a Premier League game since Mourinho’s appointment and his creative output has dropped considerably from last season – having averaged 2.1 key passes per game and set up 17 goals last season, this term his match average for key passes has fallen to 1.2 and he has recorded just three assists.
Alderweireld’s commitment to Tottenham for another three years shows his faith in Mourinho’s project at the club and that may resonate with some of his Spurs team-mates.
The revitalised Vertonghen has already stated his desire to stay in north London and, having seen his fellow Spurs and Belgium defender sign a new deal, could well be persuaded to commit to the club.
Eriksen, however, may be harder to convince given that he has been a bit-part player thus far under Mourinho.
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