Jan Vertonghen has revealed his contract expires at the end of the season, but says Tottenham have the option to extend it by one year.
The Belgian joined Spurs from Ajax in the summer of 2012 and has made 243 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Over the last couple of seasons, Vertonghen has emerged as one of Europe’s best defenders, flourishing in Mauricio Pochettino’s expressive system.
But the 31-year-old dropped a bit of a bombshell this week, revealing his current deal is close to expiring.
“My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” Vertonghen said, according to Belgium football journalist Kristof Terreur.
“I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.”
When everyone is fit, Spurs possess one of the most talented back threes in football in the form of Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld – all former Ajax players.
Alderweireld was heavily linked with an exit over the summer after failing to agree terms on a new contract earlier this year.
There is still a chance Alderweireld will depart next summer, and Tottenham won’t want to lose both him and Vertonghen.
Thankfully, Vertonghen expects Spurs to trigger the one-year extension option in his contract.