Mauricio Pochettino may decide against sanctioning a new contract for Jan Vertonghen when his current deal expires at the end of the season, according to Football Insider.
Vertonghen has entered the final year of his contract and a dispute over a new deal was mooted as a possible reason he was left out of the team at the beginning of the season. Since then, however, he has returned to the line-up, starting in each of four matches.
The Belgian was part of the side that collapsed against Leicester City on Saturday after VAR disallowed a Serge Aurier goal that would have given Tottenham some breathing room. After the game, Vertonghen revealed Spurs were rueing their back luck after defending well for most of the 2-1 defeat.
“It was tough because I thought we were doing well, we thought we were going 2-0 up. We were defending well. We didn’t create too many chances but we felt comfortable,” he said (via talkSPORT).
But regardless of how Vertonghen thinks Tottenham defended at the King Power Stadium, his performances apparently haven’t gone down too well with Pochettino. That’s according to Football Insider, who claims the Spurs coaching staff are concerned with Vertonghen’s recent level of performance.
Because of those concerns, it is believed Pochettino isn’t sure about handing the 32-year-old a new deal, meaning he will be able to leave on a free transfer next summer.
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