Jose Mourinho has said that Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen would be better off staying at Tottenham Hotspur in the long term, instead of allowing their contracts to run down.
The pair are both set to leave north London on free transfers next summer as they enter the final six months of their deals. Toby Alderweireld had been in a similar situation for much of 2019, but has now committed his future to Spurs after agreeing a three-year contract extension on Friday.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Tottenham's meeting with Chelsea on Sunday, Mourinho was asked about the lack of progress with new deals for Vertonghen and Eriksen.
The Portuguese was upbeat in his reply, saying (as quoted by Sky Sports): "I would like Jan to sign a new contract. The only thing I will say about Christian is that I want him to sign a new contract. Apart from that I won't say anything else.
"I think a player will sign a contract when the club wants - I am the club, Mr Levy is the club - when the player wants, when the family wants, when the agent wants. If one of these parts doesn't want it, it is very difficult to happen, unless the player changes agent and gets one that also wants [it]."
Mourinho then moved onto the topic of Alderweireld and the Belgian's decision to prolong his stay at the club, stating: "The most important thing is what Toby said. 'I couldn't be happier anywhere else'. That is fantastic.
"When I arrived, we had three top players potentially leaving, now we have two top players potentially leaving. It's going to be two, one or zero. I can't tell you.
"I'm very happy that it's not three, yesterday it was three and this morning it's only two. I don't think it's my influence with Toby, there's a good feeling between us and maybe that helps a little bit, but from the negotiation point of view it's nothing to do with me."
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