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are set to offer Jan Vertonghen a pay rise in a bid to keep the central
defender at White Hart Lane.
Vertonghen has dropped a heavy hint he will consider his Spurs future if the
club miss out on Champions
But Tottenham insist they have no intention of letting 26 year-old Vertonghen
leave and are likely to try to take up the option they have to extend his
contract by a further year.
Vertonghen will be two years into the four-year deal he signed with Spurs in
the summer, but the club have the option to add an extra year to that
As part of the extension, Tottenham will offer Vertonghen a significant rise
to his £40,000-a-week wages and hope that will be enough to prevent the
Belgian looking for a move.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has already suggested he could look for a way out of
White Hart Lane if Tottenham fail to secure a top-four place and Vertonghen
appears to be of a similar view.
Vertonghen will go to this summer’s World Cup with Belgium and could attract a
host of admirers with good performances in Brazil. Spurs will also be
acutely aware that he will be spending a lot of time with Manchester City’s
Tottenham fell six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool at the weekend after
losing at relegation-threatened Norwich.
Asked whether he will be happy to stay at Spurs with no Champions League
football, defender Vertonghen said: “Those are always difficult questions.
What I want is to play in the Champions League with Tottenham, so,
hopefully, I will get there this year.
“I don’t complain about anything. Let’s see after the end of the season and
after the World Cup.”
Tottenham have to play Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in March and Vertonghen
admits he and his team-mates will have to improve considerably to stay in
the race for a Champions League place.
“For me, the Norwich game was just not good enough and we need to raise up our
game to compete with the other top teams,” said Vertonghen.
“We will need quite a few points from the games against Chelsea, Arsenal and
Liverpool. They are still competing for the title, so they will be tough
games but we have shown we can beat the top teams.”
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