Tottenham Hotspur star Jan Vertonghen is on the cusp of agreeing a new deal with the north London club, despite a raft of speculation this summer linking him with other clubs around the world, as reported by the Daily Mail.
However, his agent has clarified that the player is signing the contract on the assumption that the club will soon manage Champions League football again, something that will surely worry Spurs fans about his long term commitment levels.
Despite having moved to Spurs in 2012 for £11m, Vertonghen has never played in Europe’s elite competition with the London club, and has had to settle for the Europa League.
The club are clearly hopeful that a new contract can convince him to stay at the club for the immediate future, especially if they offer him improved terms on his current deal, which runs until 2018, already a long commitment.
Vertonghen’s agent has, however, said that the player is confident the side will finish in the top four this season.
He said: “We have spoken to Daniel Levy about a new contract for Jan and the negotiations were very good – we hope to sort everything out very soon.
“He is happy at Tottenham and wants to play for the club. He wants to play Champions League with Tottenham and he has a very good feeling about the new manager.
“Last year they made many changes and brought in many new players and it was not so good, but this season it is possible for Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League.”