Jan Vertonghen's omission from the Tottenham Hotspur squad was an eye raising team selection at the weekend.
The backdrop to the Vertonghen situation is his expiring contract.
He will be a free agent at the end of the season, leaving uncertainty over his future.
But while this is unresolved at present, there appears to be common ground.
Football London report today that Tottenham are hopeful of agreeing a new deal with Vertonghen.
This common ground suggests Tottenham stand a good chance of an agreement, but Tottenham have to offer a contract for that to happen.
Negotiation with players over 30 is not always easy. They want longer deals than Tottenham are prepared to offer.
This led to Mousa Dembele being sold last January, with Spurs unwilling to meet the payment and contract length combination he wanted.
While its possible Vertonghen might be intrigued by a return to former club Ajax, its hard to envision him playing for another Premier League side.
Tottenham should not take the risk, and with both club and player keen on him staying, they should put differences aside.
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