Vertonghen urges Poch and Spurs to value aging stars… and try to win something

first_imgJAN VERTONGHEN admits he feels very aware of his age — and Spurs players tend to be more conscious of their birth certificates than most.Age is not just a number at Tottenham, where chairman Daniel Levy hasn’t tended to dish out lengthy deals to those in the second half of their careers.4 Spurs star Jan Vertonghen (second left) says Poch and Levy must trust their aging starsCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd that was one of the issues leading to such an unsettled summer at White Hart Lane, with even Mauricio Pochettino admitting to “different agendas” in the dressing room.But as Bayern Munich rock up for a Champions League clash tonight, the question is whether Spurs can ever hope to rule Europe if they don’t value their more experienced players.Vertonghen is 32 and in the final year of his contract. Likewise, Toby Alderweireld, who is 30. And Danny Rose has two years to run at 29.Christian Eriksen, 27, has turned down a long-term deal at Spurs in the vain hope of something more attractive elsewhere.Lose those four long-servers and Spurs would be seriously lacking in top-level experience.And you do not tend to win the Champions League without battle-hardened pros — the average age of winning teams being just shy of 28.Ears did prick up around the dressing-room when Moussa Sissoko, aged 30, signed a new three-year deal with an option for a fourth.Perhaps Levy, always so aware of re-sale value when negotiating contracts, is ready to satisfy some of the demands of his senior players.4 Poch’s Spurs face Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday nightCredit: ReutersAsked whether doubts over his contract have proved a distraction, Vertonghen replied: “Not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. But I feel fairly young.“I want to play as many games as I can at the highest possible level. I feel like I still have a couple of good years left in me.“That’s definitely how I’m feeling now. I hope I can help the team for as long as I can.”And on whether talks were ongoing, the Belgian added: “I prefer not to go too deep into that. But there is always some movement everywhere.”Sitting alongside Pochettino at the eve-of-match press conference, Vertonghen was quizzed about being axed by his boss for the first three games of this season.He said: “I want to play every game. I was disappointed. But that shows I’m still ambitious. I’m going to play as many games as I can this season. That depends on my performances.”Pochettino insisted he wants Vertonghen to stay beyond this season.But the manager was once more at pains to point out that he has little to do with contract negotiations.4 Philippe Coutinho and his Bayern team-mates in trainingCredit: Getty Images – GettyLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict West Ham vs Palace, Saints vs Chelsea and Newcastle vs Man Utd scores this weekend and win £100Asked whether he hoped Vertonghen would stay, he said: “I am open to everything. But that is like I said before about Moussa Sissoko. That is a deal between the club and him and his agent.“We’ll see what happens because always there are two different parties in all the deals.“Jan is in the sixth season with me and he was always an important part of my project and my decisions in football. That feeling is not going to change.”Vertonghen, in his eighth year at Spurs, denied the squad has gone stale with Pochettino in his sixth campaign and a relative lack of transfer activity over the past few seasons.He said: “We’ve improved every year. Last year we went to the Champions League final.“Some new players came in and that keeps it fresh, I don’t share that feeling (of staleness) at all.“I see a lot of joy in the dressing room and when we go out on the pitch for every single training session. Everyone enjoys playing here.”The big centre-back claimed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Southampton, when Spurs played an hour with ten men after Serge Aurier’s red card, was proof they still possess unity and team spirit.Vertonghen added: “The mood at this point is good. To go down to ten and go 1-1, we showed who we really are. We fought. We stuck together.“We were buzzing at half-time and after the game. We wanted to show who we are. That we can fight.“And we did. We can dominate games but we can fight as well. That was a good feeling to see that.”Now the Belgian centre-back gets to face Bayern’s prolific hitman Robert Lewandowski tonight — the perfect challenge for a man wishing to underline his value to the Spurs hierarchy.Vertonghen is relishing the challenge of facing the German giants now Spurs have pushed themselves towards the European elite by reaching last season’s final and opening their new world-class stadium.4 Dele Alli in action at the Spurs training groundCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham vs Bayern Munich – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League matchMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himHe said: “We want more of that. There are bigger favourites than us in the competition and were last year, too. But we’ve got a lot of confidence in ourselves.“We’ve come a long way. We get questions now about reaching the Champions League final compared to the Europa League groups we were in when I arrived.“I think that’s the perfect example of how well we’ve done. It shows what we’ve achieved.”last_img read more

ICE to stop printing monthly bills

first_imgBeginning Aug. 1, customers of the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE-kölbi) will no longer receive printed bills for landline phone service, Internet and cable TV.Instead, ICE will send electronic invoices, and the company is asking customers to register email addresses at its website: kolbi.cr or at any kölbi store, ICE location or via the customer service hotline 1193. Customers also can call ICE’s automated system at 1187.Digital billing options include emails, text messages or a kölbi app for Android and iOS devices. Text messages with monthly bills can be requested by sending an SMS to the number 4231 with the word RECIBO.Customers without access to electronic devices must contact ICE’s customer service department. In some cases, ICE may issue a printed bill if no other options are available. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica mobile carriers improve coverage, but not internet speed Costa Rica’s telecom regulator sanctions state-owned ICE for unfair competition Costa Rican Electricity Institute appeals ₡2 billion fine by regulators ICE denounces telecom regulator for hiring lawyers who worked with private competitorslast_img read more