Spurs handed boost as star defender's agent reveals contract talks are going well

Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen could be set to stay at White Hart Lane after his agent revealed contract talks are going well.

Compared to the spending spree overseen by manager Andre Villas-Boas last summer, it's been a relatively quiet summer for Spurs. New manager Mauricio Pochettino focused on bringing talented youngsters to the club, signing DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli, whilst he also added experienced backup for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris by signing Swansea's Michel Vorm and a new centre back in Federico Fazio from Sevilla.

Most crucially though, Spurs kept hold of their top players. Last summer, they lost Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but this time around, Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen all stayed put despite alleged interest from other clubs - and one of them could be set for a longer stay.

Defender Vertonghen has been a key part of the Spurs defence ever since he joined from Ajax in 2012, and the Belgian's impressive performances during his time in North London had attracted reported interest from the likes of Barcelona and Napoli - despite a somewhat shaky campaign last season.

Now, with Vertonghen set to partner new signing Fazio in the heart of the Tottenham backline, he has been offered the chance to extend his current contract - which runs until 2017 - and agent Mustapha Nakhli told Sky Sports News that the talks are progressing well, and an agreement may not be far away.

"We have spoken to Daniel Levy about a new contract for Jan and the negotiations were very good – we hope to sort everything out very soon."

"He is happy at Tottenham and wants to play for the club. He wants to play Champions League with Tottenham and he has a very good feeling about the new manager."

"Last year they made many changes and brought in many new players and it was not so good, but this season it is possible for Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League."

With big clubs chasing his signature, it's a great step for Tottenham if Vertonghen does renew his contract. However, the 27-year-old will be expecting Champions League football very soon - which adds a small amount of pressure to Pochettino's work this season.

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