Vertonghen’s Tottenham future uncertain as he eyes longer deal

Tottenham are at risk of losing Jan Vertonghen as he wants a longer extension than 12 months, according to The Telegraph.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side are on the verge of major changes as the club eagerly awaits a move to their new stadium, while they could also lose the services of a number of key figures at the club in the coming months.

Amongst those with an uncertain future is experienced central defender Jan Vertonghen, who sees his current deal come to a close at the end of the season – although Spurs do have the option to trigger a 12-month extension.

However, The Telegraph states that Vertonghen wants a longer contract and it is merely the tip of the iceberg in a contract situation that could tear the heart out of Spurs’ squad.

What’s the issue?

Vertonghen could be one of the first dominos to fall in Tottenham’s squad, potentially alongside defensive partner Toby Alderweireld, but the Belgium pair are not the only players that Tottenham could lose unless they fork out to offer lucrative deals.

Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier both have less than two years left on their deals in North London and have courted the attention of top European sides, while Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies could also push for an exit.

What should Spurs do?

If Tottenham want to remain amongst the elite in the Premier League and contest with the biggest sides on the European stage, then Daniel Levy must change his stance regarding finances to retain the services of key players.

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Vertonghen, Eriksen and Dier should all be considered as players that Spurs cannot afford to lose but the issue is that their stadium move could leave to financial implications and breaking the current wage structure could change everything.

If the higher-earners get an increase in their pay, the middle-ranking players and even those at the lowest end of the spectrum are also likely to demand more and it leaves Tottenham on the brink of entering a vicious circle.

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