Jan Vertonghen brutally honest when speaking about his contract situation at Tottenham, revealing that the Londoners are yet to offer his new deal. The 32-year-old has been a key player at the heart of Spurs’ defence since joining from Ajax in 2012, but he could be leaving the club on a free transfer in 2020 if they don’t offer him an extension.
Vertonghen’s original deal expired in 2019 but was extended for 12 months as per an option in his contract. There’s hasn’t been an update since, and his latest comments suggest there won’t be. He said: “I know I have got one year left so a lot of questions will be asked. I am very happy at the club. I feel very good physically so I am not sure what is going to happen this year.”
The Belgian international isn’t getting any younger, but he’s still an important part of the Tottenham team and would be a difficult player to replace. Vertonghen will be able to speak with overseas clubs in January 2020 to potential agree a pre-contract deal, so his future may lie elsewhere unless Spurs act fast.
Vertonghen has made 286 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites, scoring and creating 18 goals. He made 34 appearances across the board last season. Tottenham haven’t struggled to sign a quality centre-back this summer, so it would be a big risk not to tie down the 32-year-old for another year after 2020.