Jan Vertonghen comments on his Tottenham Hotspur future

(L-R) Thomas Vermaelen of FC Barcelona, Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur, Jasper Cillessen of FC Barcelona  during the UEFA Champions League  match between FC Barcelona v Tottenham...

Jan Vertonghen is a key figure at Tottenham Hotspur.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona,...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has told The London Evening Standard that he is ready to sign a new contract with the North London outfit.

According to The London Evening Standard, Vertonghen is out of contract at Tottenham at the end of the season, and Spurs will trigger a one-year option.

The 31-year-old defender has revealed that he wants to stay at Spurs beyond 2020.

 

The Belgium international, though, has suggested that he is open to joining his former club Ajax in the future.

Vertonghen started his professional club football career at Dutch side Ajax and moved to Tottenham in the summer of 2012.

“I’ve got a contract until 2020 — there’s an option and Tottenham will take that option,” Vertonghen told The London Evening Standard.

“So I’ve got a year and a half left and then we’ll see. The way I feel now, I’ve got at least four to five good years left in the tank.”

Regarding playing for Ajax before he retires, the Belgian defender said: “You never know, but I’ve got a great passion for Ajax. I’d probably live in Amsterdam [when I retire]."

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur FC during the UEFA Champions League group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Camp Nou stadium on December 11, 2018 in...

Positive for Tottenham Hotspur fans

Vertonghen is one of the best defenders in Europe, and despite being in his early 30s, he remains an important figure in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

The Belgian is at the top of his game, and it would make sense for Tottenham to hand a contract until 2021 or 2022.

Tottenham are challenging for the Premier League title and have also progressed to the last-16 stage of the Champions League this season.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur  during the UEFA Champions League  match between FC Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur at the Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona Spain

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