Pochettino hints at Vertonghen Spurs deal

Jan Vertonghen could be the next Spurs player to sign a new deal after Mauricio Pochettino hinted that the defender is on the verge of agreeing fresh terms.

Spurs have been proactive in tying down their key figures over recent weeks with seven players penning new contracts since the end of the transfer window.

Vertonghen has been in talks over a deal for several months, with his present contract due to run until the summer of 2018.

Pochettino confirmed that a Spurs player is close to agreeing new terms and while he didn’t refer to Vertonghen by name, he gave a strong hint that the centre-half was the one involved.

"In the next few days maybe one more will appear and then we will see what happens," Pochettino said.

"I cannot give names but maybe yes it is a centre-back.

"All the players that are involved in negotiations are through the agent but Jan is another player who is in my plans for the future."

Kyle Walker put pen to paper on a new contract this week, to follow in the footsteps of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Tom Carroll.

And Pochettino believes tying down the club’s key players is a statement of intent about the direction in which Spurs are heading.

"It is important to keep the key players, always under my judgement," he added.

“I need to be clear on my judgement to keep the key players and all the players I believe can be important for the future of the club.

"They need to feel that we are in a project where we can win everything.

"Always you know it is difficult to win because only one team can win the Premier League, but they need to feel we are serious and consistent and then they need to ask us to stay here, not that we need to convince them to stay.”

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