The Times has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are willing to re-open negotiations with Jan Vertonghen over a contract extension at the club.
Talks broke down at the start of the season, with Vertonghen later revealing that the reason for the abrupt halt to discussions was for sporting reasons.
It’s well known that Vertonghen wants to play Champions League football, which is the main problem with the Times’ claim that the talks will only re-start if the Belgian is committed to the club.
Vertonghen is one of the best central defenders in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and his consistency can be a positive factor for spurs over the next few seasons.
He may have been hurt by the manager’s decision to give the captaincy to Younes Kaboul, but Vertonghen can form a part of the spine running through this Tottenham Hotspur team over the next few years.
It’s a difficult situation for both the club and the player.
On the one hand, Tottenham need to know that Vertonghen isn’t going to jump ship if he signs a new deal.
Football has been laced with examples of players turning their backs of renewed contracts to go and take another adventure and that’s a concern Tottenham appear to hold.
On the other hand, Vertonghen is an ambitious player who wants to be performing on the top European stage.
Ideally, he’d like to do that with spurs but it’s a gamble for him because there’s no guarantee that Tottenham will finish in the top four or win the Europa League, which would present a champions League opportunity.
Fortunately for Spurs, there’s no time pressure on them with Vertonghen’s current contract running beyond this season which allows them to approach the subject of renewing it whenever they like.