Tottenham may well have spent big in the summer, but one of their most influential and most able players signed for the club in 2012, in the form of Jan Vertonghen.
The Belgium international defender joined Spurs from Ajax and almost immediately settled into English football.
Despite struggling with injuries this term, Vertonghen’s presence in the White Hart Lane back four has ensured that the Spurs rearguard looks much more secure.
The London Evening Standard state that Tim Sherwood’s men are keen to reward the versatile defender with a new deal, which would see the star’s wages increase from £40,000 per week to £60,000.
It is believed that Vertonghen is happy in north London and will be willing to renegotiate terms.
For Spurs, keeping Vertonghen happy, fit and on the field is key in their ambitions of breaking back into the top four.
He has been utilised at left-back on occasion this term, but is much more at home in the heart of the side’s defence.
With Michael Dawson’s lack of pace, Vlad Chiriches’ tendency to make mistakes and Younes Kaboul’s fitness concerns and expiring contract, Vertonghen is arguably Spurs’ best player.
A contract extension would be a real commitment from the Belgian star, and would be a sign that Tottenham can build a team capable of challenging for honours around the assertive defender.
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