Tottenham Hotspur have officially announced they have triggered Jan Vertonghen’s contract extension. The centre-back is now tied down to the club until 2020. Spurs may still trigger the clause in Vertonghen’s centre-back partner Toby Alderweireld and keep the pair together for another season.
Tottenham Hotspur officially trigger Jan Vertonghen contract extension
Vertonghen had spoken about extending his contract a week ago and even claimed he would like to stay at the club for several years after 2020.
The centre-back joined Tottenham in 2012 after spending six seasons with Ajax. Vertonghen cost Spurs around £10 million and has since played 264 times for the club. The Belgian has appeared in nine Premier League games this term scoring one goal. He has faced injury problems which have limited some of his playing time, however.
Vertonghen is now 31-years old and despite getting up in age, is still an important member of Tottenham’s team. Spurs have not activated an over 30-policy like their London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Therefore, there is a good chance Tottenham will offer Vertonghen a new contract sometime next year.
Tottenham have already tied down key players Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, and Davinson Sanchez to new deals.
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Tottenham are in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup and will play Arsenal on Wednesday night. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is facing an injury crisis heading into the match. Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele are out of the fixture as both continue rehabilitation from injury.
Despite having his contract extension triggered, Jan Vertonghen will not feature in the game. The defender is set to sit out the holiday period. The club has announced Vertonghen won’t return until early 2019 due to a thigh injury.
Eric Dier and Serge Aurier will also miss the game due to injuries.
While injuries are on Pochettino’s mind, he will be pleased to have Vertonghen for another season at Tottenham.