Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm contract extension has been agreed by Tottenham Hotspur management. Both players’ contracts were due to expire by this month. This extension means they will now be available to play for Spurs for the remainder of the current season after the season was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm contract extension by Spurs, let’s take a look at the duo’s journey so far, particularly at North London.
Jan Veronghen’s journey at Spurs so far
Jan Vertonghen had joined Spurs from the Dutch giants’ Ajax in the summer of 2012. He is now one of the longest-serving players in Spurs. The Belgian defender had joined Ajax’s famous youth Academy in 2003 before signing a professional contract for them in 2006. He went on to play over 200 times in all competitions for them. He won the Eredivisie in 2011 and 2012 and did gain a lot of experience in Europe. Vertonghen was also named as the Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2012.
Vertonghen is displeased with the absence of any silverware at the club for a long time. During the end of times of former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, the Belgian had even lost his place in the side due to ‘tactical reasons’. Jan had previously hinted his exit by saying Belgian TV channel Play Sports, “I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs or another club”.
“I really want to continue at the top level for a few more years and I would like to play European football next season. Since January, a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals.“The Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious for the time being, but I will keep all options open.”Jan Vertonghen on his future at Spurs
Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Vertonghen has played regularly in the first team. Jan Vertonghen has played 19 games for Tottenham of which he has started 18 of them. He has made 55 clearances, 10 Blocks & 31 Interceptions with a 59% and 69.4% success rate of tackles and duels respectively. He has completed about 858 passes and has scored and assisted one goal each. The fact that his contract runs out at the end of this season makes him a very viable transfer option.
“I’m free, of course, and many clubs don’t have the money to do transfers. Transfer-free players like me are even more coveted in the coronavirus crisis.”Jan Vertonghen on his current contract situation
Michel Vorm’s Spurs career
Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm returned to Spurs for a second spell in October 2019. He previously spent five seasons with Spurs, having joined from Swansea City in July 2014, proving to be a valuable member of the squad, both on and off the pitch. He has played 48 games for Spurs so far in his career. The 2018/19 season saw him make four appearances, including two in the group stage of the Champions League campaign that saw them make it to the final. He subsequently departed following the conclusion of his contract in June 2019.
The Premier League had previously said in a statement saying players whose contracts had expired on June 30 will be allowed to sign short-term extensions until the season ends. This is because of the season being delayed due to the onset of the whole coronavirus pandemic situation. The fact that Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm contract extension has been agreed could give some relief to head coach Jose Mourinho. Spurs is currently at 8th in the league table. They have already crashed out of the UCL following a defeat in the hands of RP Leipzig. Mourinho must make sure his team could make way to the top-6 for a place in Europe next season.
Spurs have also agreed to extend the loans of Danny Rose to Newcastle United and Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton. The other loan deals include that of Jack Clarke and Luke Amos to QPR, Brandon Austin to Viborg and Armando Shashoua to Atletico Baleares until the end of their respective league seasons.
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