Agent coy on Jan Vertonghen future

Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham are set to hand defender Jan Vertonghen a fresh deal as new boss Mauricio Pochettino looks to ensure he keeps his top players at the club for next season.

Pochettino was appointed as Tim Sherwood’s successor in May and is hoping to keep his squad together as he looks to mount a challenge for a Champions League finish.

The Argentinian has already convinced highly-rated goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to put pen-to-paper on a fresh deal after agreeing a five-year extension.

Vertonghen currently has four years left on his contract with the White Hart Lane outfit but with a number of other top clubs circling, Pochettino wants to secure a new deal.

Barcelona have been reported to be highly interested in his services but Spurs are ready to put all their efforts into keeping him on board.

Mustapha Nakhli, the player’s agent, has refused to confirm whether his client intends to stay in north London beyond the summer, while admitting that there is a lot of interest.

Nakhli said: “Several teams are interested in Jan. I cannot confirm or deny whether Barcelona are one of them. Tottenham is not a small club.

“It’s too soon to give them an answer. Several clubs have registered their interest in Jan. We’ll see.”

Pochettino has done very little in terms of business since his took charge but could be faced with a tough job of trying to retain the Belgium international if he does move on.

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