Tough luck Barca! Vertonghen talks up new five-year Spurs deal

Tottenham's Belgian defender looks set to stay at the North London club, despite murmurs of a move to La Liga.

Spurs are set to ward off interest from Barcelona in their centre back Jan Vertonghen, by offering the Belgian a new five-year-deal. And the 27-year-old is more than happy to stay at White Hart Lane.

The former Ajax captain has revealed to Belgian radio that he is very much interested in continuing to turn out for the Lilywhites.

"It goes without saying that I would like to stay at Tottenham Hotspur,” the player told Belgian station Radio 1.

“I still had a contract for four years. They offered me new contract of five years, I see as great sign of confidence."

Vertonghen enjoyed a superb first season at Spurs after moving from Ajax two years ago, winning a place in the PFA Team of the Season in the process. His last campaign was more difficult, with Tottenham struggling against the sides above them and the Belgian often having to feature at left back.

Various reports emerged during the season of the Belgium international's apparent desire for Champions League football, leading to people presuming a failure to reach that target would see Vertonghen seek to leave the club.

Come May, Spurs did indeed fall short of the necessary fourth spot that would have seen them playing in Europe's premier competition, but rather than seeing stars in the team such as Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris make moves to leave, Daniel Levy has been quick to tie them down to the club by offering both improved five-year contracts.

Lloris has already signed his new deal, and given Vertonghen's admittance that he is happy at Tottenham, it is likely to only be a matter of time until the centre back does the same, with a large improvement to his £45,000 a week deal mooted.

With the defender yet to begin pre-season training due to his World Cup participation, he also emphasised an interest in avoiding the niggling injuries that plagued him at times last year, especially as he wasn't fully fit when he went to Brazil.

“I walked in the World Cup match against Argentina on an ankle injury," Vertonghen said.

“I want to be careful, because seasons like the previous one where I jogged from one injury to another I absolutely want to avoid."

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