Jan Vertonghen set to walk after Tottenham Hotspur fail to agree terms
The 33-year-old’s current contract at the club expires on June 30. Although both the player and the club have been involved in negotiations, talks have gotten nowhere.
Spurs are unprepared to commit to the player’s demand of a two-year extension unless he takes a substantial pay cut on his current £70,000-a-week wages. (h/t Daily Star)
Jose Mourinho is keen to keep the player until the end of the current campaign. The Premier League has permitted free gents to stay with the club until the season ends, provided both sides approve of it.
Given Tottenham’s attitude to Vertonghen’s demands, it seems very unlikely that the player will now choose to stay put. With Project restart looking set to bring the current season to a close in August, the Belgian might well have played his last game for the club.
Having arrived in 2012, Vertonghen has been an excellent servant of the club. A two-time PFA Team of the Year nominee, the Belgian has made 311 appearances for Tottenham.
He will have no shortage of options, with the likes of Inter Milan, Roma, and Ajax Amsterdam all keen on signing him. (h/t Daily Star)
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Although his levels have dipped, he remains an important backup who brings a wealth of experience to the Spurs squad.
More so, he has been a loyal servant who has stuck with the club. Nearing the end of his career, Vertonghen is well within his rights to demand what he feels is a fair payday. He has given enough to the club to be afforded that respect. The player should be permitted to leave with his head held high if he gets his demands met elsewhere.