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Younes Kaboul in talks for new Tottenham contract

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A Goal report claims that Tottenham Hotspur is in negotiations to sign the French defender to a new four-year deal.

Julian Finney

Tottenham Hotspur named Younes Kaboul club captain this fall, and now reports indicate the club is seeking to have him commit his future to the club.

According to a Goal report, Spurs are in negotiations with Kaboul for a new deal that would keep Kaboul in contract through the 2019 season. Kaboul's contract expires at the end of this season and he could leave on a Bosman if he does not resign with Spurs.

Kaboul has struggled with injuries the past few seasons, having missed nearly all of the 2013-14 season, and appears to have lost a step or two in the process of recovering. However, he was a major influence in the changing room, serving as vice-captain to Michael Dawson for several years, and assuming the role of club captain after Dawson was sold to Hull City this fall. He's clearly one of Mauricio Pochettino's favored defenders, even if he's not the marauding force in the back line that he was in 2011. A new contract makes a lot of sense.

Now, keep in mind that this is an unsourced Goal story, so nothing is confirmed yet. But if nothing else, re-signing Kaboul provides defensive and leadership continuity to a Tottenham side that has seen its share of upheaval over the past few seasons. Say what you will about Kaboul's future as a starting center back for Tottenham Hotspur, but he's been a stabilizing influence and a good servant to the club, and has also put in some absolutely immense performances for Spurs in the past. If Spurs can lock him down for another four years, it's probably the best thing for everyone involved.