It’s probably not news to anyone reading this blog, but Tottenham Hotspur are assured that they will keep two of their veteran players through the end of the 2019-20 season. The club announced today that goalkeeper Michel Vorm and defender Jan Vertonghen have agreed to temporary contract extensions that will keep them at the club until the end of the current campaign, which was long delayed due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
These are both expected outcomes. Vorm we knew about already — he was re-signed (after being released this past summer) as a temporary and emergency keeper when Hugo Lloris injured his elbow in the early part of the season. Keeping him around past June 30 is pretty meh, whatever but it certainly can’t hurt.
Vertonghen is almost certainly leaving the club this summer — his contract was set to expire at the end of this month and neither he nor the club have seemed very interested in re-upping him for another spell. However, this will allow Jose Mourinho to keep him around at least until the season formally ends. He may have lost a half-step, but he’s been a stalwart defender and an outstanding servant to the club, and maybe this way there’s a way to give him the send-off that he absolutely deserves before the season comes to a close.
In addition to the above, Spurs also announced that they have extended the loan contracts of several players who are away from the club this season at clubs in the top two tiers of England or abroad — Danny Rose, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Clarke, Luke Amos, Brandon Austin, and Armando Shashoua will all stay at their loan clubs until the end of the campaign.