Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has acknowledged that Spurs may have to do without Jan Vertonghen during next month’s Champions League final against Liverpool. The north London side made it to the final showpiece after a dramatic turnaround against Ajax in the semi-final stage but it appears that they won’t be able to bank on the services of Vertonghen.
Speaking in a press conference, Pochettino said that the Belgian is very down at the moment, concerning he could miss the final after picking up an ankle injury in Amsterdam. He added that there are plenty of other individuals for the same position and it would require a team effort to secure the Champions League title.
Belgium international Jan Vertonghen has
revealed his ambition to sign a new long-term contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old is currently the longest serving continuous member of the Spurs
squad and speaking to Evening Standard, he has admitted his desire to remain
with the north London club beyond the summer of 2020.
Speaking to the publication, he said:“I’ve
got a contract until 2020 – there’s an option and Tottenham will take that option.
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. There are no talks, but
that’s something to discuss. At the moment I feel great at Tottenham. It’s a
club with unbelievable potential – not just the players but everything around
it. Everyone wants to be part of it.”
Vertonghen had approached the final year of
his Spurs contract during the summer but the club managed to extend his stay by
another 12 months after triggering the extension clause available. Nonetheless,
the defender appears keen on committing to another long-term contract with a
view to potentially seeing out the remainder of his career with the Capital
Meanwhile, Vertonghen’s compatriot Toby Alderweireld does not seem to hold the same ambition after already snubbing a £120,000-a-week contract with the club. The Belgium international has demanded a £200,000-a-week deal, which Spurs remain reluctant to offer, and this may probably witness his departure in either January or at the end of the season.
Like Vertonghen, Spurs are understood to have triggered a 12-month option on Alderweireld’s contract but they face the prospect of losing him at a lesser price, should he stay put beyond the current campaign. The Belgian’s present deal has a £25m release clause which would become activate during the final two weeks of next summer’s transfer window.
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has said that he is content with his stay with Tottenham Hotspur despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. The versatile defender has been in a contract standoff with the north London club over the past year but this has however not hampered his performances on the playing field.
Speaking in a news conference, Alderweireld stressed that he is clearly happy with the proceedings with Spurs and he is not looking too far into the future, he said: “Honestly, I am absolutely not thinking about it at the moment. I feel good, play a lot right now and, therefore, am happy. We shall see.”
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has stressed that he never sought a summer exit from Tottenham Hotspur unlike claimed in the media. The central defender had managed just 14 league appearances last term after he played second fiddle to Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez and this led to claims that he could pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Thereafter, Manchester United were heavily tipped to sign him during the summer transfer window but ultimately a deal never materialised with reports suggesting that the Red Devils had failed to match Spurs’ £70m asking price. Amidst this, Alderweireld has now indicated a summer departure from Spurs was never on the cards, he said:
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has admitted that he was surprised with the performances of Davinson Sanchez during the previous campaign despite having prior knowledge over the Colombian’s qualities on the playing field. The 21-year-old became Spurs’ club-record signing after he joined from Ajax last summer and he formed a strong partnership with Vertonghen through the previous campaign.
Speaking after Sanchez, Vertonghen said: “When the rumours were there [about him joining] I spoke to a couple of people at Ajax that I know there and they were very positive about him, a great guy and a great player. So when he arrived I knew a bit what to expect but even then he surprised me a lot. I still remember his debut, I think it was away at Everton, how well he did, how impressive he was. No doubt, no nerves, just like he started playing and he had the same level over the season and it was an unbelievable level. It’s a big compliment to him.”