Belgian football journalist Kristoff Terreur is becoming pretty much a regular on Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer rumour mill and this week he’s claimed that centre-half Jan Vertonghen would quickly sign a new two year deal at the club if one was offered.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast recently, Terreur was tasked with a question as to whether or not Spurs would offer the 32-year-old a new deal and with the expectation that we would do what we normally seem to with players of that age, and only offer a 12 month extension as we kept our options open, he seemed to suggest that he’d received indications that Verts would snap up the offer of a two year extension without even blinking.
“We know Spurs’ policy with players over the age of 32, they only offer one-year extensions and these players want two or three years. He’s happy at the moment, he wants to play under Mauricio Pochettino but he’s at a crossroads in his career. Do they still get the best out of him next year? We will have to see. But he’s willing to stay and play under Pochettino. It will depend on what Spurs are offering him. If they offer him a two-year deal he will sign it. They will have to offer him good money too because it’s his last contract.”
He did sensibly state that Verts was happy at White Hart Lane and it’s only natural that anyone in the press would angle talk towards ‘one big last contract’ and players looking to their future, but like all in the game now, their futures are well taken care of if they are sensible so it doesn’t have to be the only driver.
At 32 he’s got plenty of years left in the tank anyway and if Toby Alderweireld does move on, purely from an experienced perspective I could see two years to he can marshall Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and/or another for a while.