Why Jan Vertonghen refusing to commit further to Tottenham is the right decision

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

Tottenham Hotspur defender has rejected the chance to extend his contract.

Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen has rejected the chance to extend his contract at Tottenham, and it's the right move to make - for him at least.

Vertonghen's contract already runs until 2018, so there is no urgency at present for him to commit his future to Spurs.

After all this is a club that is into it's third manager since he arrived at the club, and he will want to be as sure as he can be about their direction, before committing.

At 27, for Vertonghen if he signs a new deal with Spurs, he is essentially committing for the rest of his years at his peak.

Now if it gets to the end of the season, and Tottenham finish seventh, and he is unhappy with his progress, it will be up to him to re-assess his options.

Why should he do so now, and make a crucial decision on his future, without having all the facts at hand?

Having played at the World Cup, it is highly likely Vertonghen will want to emulate the majority of his Belgian international teammates by playing in the Champions League.

If he does not view Spurs as being close, or having achieved qualification, he might well push for a move.

Next summer he has already indicated he will sit down with Spurs to discuss an extension, but is right to kick it into touch for now.

With a deal running until 2018, what is the need to extend it further. All it would do, from the player's perspective, is make his escape route from the club harder, if events and results take a turn for the worst.

In Daniel Levy, Spurs have a chairman who drives a hard bargain in selling star players, as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale experienced, getting their moves eventually, but after months of stress and twists in negotiations.

All Vertonghen would be doing is making it even harder to get away. There's a chance his refusal to commit has seen him overlooked for the Tottenham captaincy, or alternately he may be frustrated at the snub.

If he does decide to do so in the future then such a role is on the cards, but in a game where results can swing from season to season; just look at Manchester United, Vertonghen is wise not to rush into a major decision.

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