Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, who helped Belgium defeat the United States in the World Cup, is set to remain at Tottenham for the forseeable future.
Despite currently on a contract until the summer of 2016, Spurs have offered the 27-year-old a shiny new 5-year deal that would keep him at White Hart Lane until 2019.
“It goes without saying that I would like to stay at Tottenham Hotspur,” said Vertonghen speaking to Belgian Radio 1. “I still had a contract for four years. They offered me new contract of five years, I see as great sign of confidence.”
Vertonghen has made 57 Premier League appearances with Spurs in the last two seasons, mainly at center-back but also moving to left-back while his club weathered a severe injury bug throughout last season.
He was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Season in the 2012/13 season.
Sky Sports speculates Vertonghen would receive a significant boost to his wages with the new deal, listing his current salary at around $4 million a year.
The defender also said he tweaked his ankle during the World Cup, and has yet to return to preseason training with Spurs. “I want to be careful, because season like the previous one where I went from one injury to another I absolutely want to avoid,” Vertonghen said.
The London club has been very quiet this summer in the transfer market, only recently breaking through with a rare player swap as the team acquired Ben Davies and Michel Vorm from Swansea City.