Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vertonghen Set for New PS50k-a-Week Deal at Spurs; Vertonghen Set to Follow Dembele and Sign New Contract at Tottenham

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vertonghen Set for New PS50k-a-Week Deal at Spurs; Vertonghen Set to Follow Dembele and Sign New Contract at Tottenham

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

JAN VERTONGHEN is expected to follow in the footsteps of Mousa Dembele by signing a new contract with Tottenham.

The Belgium defender is sidelined with a medial knee ligament injury sustained at Crystal Palace on January 23 but his performances until then contributed to Spurs's outstanding defensive record only 24 goals conceded in 29 Premier League matches.

Vertonghen's deal expires in the summer of 2018. When he signed for Spurs from Ajax in 2012, the 28-year--old agreed a four--year deal worth about PS39,000 a week with an option for two more years, which was activated by the club.

Vertonghen and his advisors have held talks with Tottenham before over a new deal, without success.

During the 2013--14 campaign, Vertonghen even intimated that he was considering his future at White Hart Lane.

Yet Standard Sport understands Vertonghen is now very happy in north London his injury notwithstanding and is ready to sign a fresh contract in the coming weeks, worth about PS50,000 a week, which would last until the summer of 2019.

Vertonghen and his family are settled in London and there is a very good chance Tottenham will be playing Champions League football next season a competition Vertonghen has not tasted since his Ajax days. He is also one of the senior players in a young Spurs squad, with Kyle Continued on Page 70 Continued from Back Page Walker identifying Vertonghen as a strong influence in the dressing room.

Walker said: "Jan has won things with Ajax and his experience helps.

"Sometimes we can feel the pressure and the young ones do feel the pressure, so it is good to have someone who has been in this situation before."

Vertonghen hopes to play a part in Tottenham's run-in, as they try to close the five-point gap to leaders Leicester and win their first League title since 1961.

The centre-back was initially ruled out for two months and has targeted a return after the international break.

Tottenham's first League fixture after that pause is against Liverpool at Anfield on April 2, followed by a home clash with Manchester United eight days later. …

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