A long-time Tottenham Hotspur defender has left the club today after the club confirmed the departure of Jan Vertonghen as his contract expired. More on that later, because that’s not what this article is about. Instead, it’s cause for celebration, because the newest player to crack the first team from the academy has committed his future to the club.
Today, the club announced that Japhet Tanganga has signed a new contract that will keep him at Spurs until the end of the 2024-25 season!
Japhet has been in negotiations with the club for a while to improve his initial, first contract with the club, which saw him earning £1000/mo. But while there had been discussion that there were some protracted negotiations and hold-ups, there was never really anyone doubting that Japhet would extend his stay at Spurs. There’s no word on what his new salary is, but suffice it to say that we can assume he got a VERY healthy bump to his wages.
Tanganga proved himself to be a surprisingly useful utility defender for Tottenham straight out of the academy this season under Jose Mourinho, playing both in central defense and as a makeshift right back. There’s some question as to what his best role will be for Spurs, but there’s no question that he’s a talented young defender that didn’t cost Spurs anything to sign.
Japhet becomes the third player to sign an extension at Spurs this summer, joining Oliver Skipp and Eric Dier.
One door closes, another opens. Congratulations to Tanganga!