Tottenham Hotspur could find themselves in an “unusual situation” regarding Jan Vertonghen’s immediate future at Spurs, according to ESPN.
The 33-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be ending his eight-year association with Tottenham.
ESPN believes that the Belgian is seeking a two-year deal on his present £70,000-a-week salary but the club have so far shown no willingness to agree to those terms.
With the season expected to stretch beyond 30 June due to the global health crisis having brought English football to a halt, FIFA have granted clubs the opportunity to extend contracts until whenever the domestic season is completed.
Vertonghen’s contract runs out on 30 June, and with Jose Mourinho reportedly wanting the player for the run-in, the unusual situation could see Spurs asking the player to sign a short-term deal with a club that has rejected his terms for a longer-term one.
While Vertonghen has been a great servant to Tottenham over the past eight years, it looks as though he’s heading for pastures new.
Previously a shoe-in for Spurs’ starting XI, he has been named on the bench on numerous occasions in the Premier League and Champions League this term.
However, the global health crisis has made things complicated to say the least, and Tottenham really could do with Vertonghen’s services until the end of the season, whenever that may be.
Spurs and Vertonghen have until 23 June to try to come to a resolution, but given the player would likely be unable to play for another club until August at the earliest, that could potentially sway things in the club’s favour.