Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have offered Jan Vertonghen a one-month extension in order for the left-footed defender to remain at Spurs for 2019-20 – but there is a twist.
The 33-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season at Tottenham. He has been heavily linked with numerous Italian sides, while Tottenham have also been suggested as exploring the possibility of keeping the ex-Ajax star.
However, the latest report now claims that while Spurs have tabled an offer to keep Vertonghen at least until the end of the current campaign – by adding an extra month – they do not want to offer Vertonghen a longer deal.
That could mean Vertonghen leaves Spurs before the end of the season as he may not want to extend his current deal if Spurs are unwilling to offer him a contract for 2020-21. Indeed, Vertonghen may look to sign a contract elsewhere.
TBR’s view – Spurs should keep Vertonghen as cover
Indeed, there are not many left-footed central defenders in European football that can produce consistent performances like Vertonghen. Yes, he entering the twilight of his career, but he still has plenty to offer.
Enormous experience, the ability to play as a centre-back or the left side of a back three and even acting as emergency left-back cover, Vertonghen should be kept at least for another season.
Spurs are likely to be hampered in the summer window and replacing Vertonghen will cost a fair amount of money. Surely it makes sense to keep him for 2020-21, use him 15-20 times, and then let him go?