Tottenham Hotspur have secured the services of Kevin Wimmer until 2021, after the defender signed a new five-year-contract to commit his future at White Hart Lane.
Reports suggest that Wimmer has earned a pay rise on the basis of his new deal, with Mauricio Pochettino impressed at the way he stepped up in the absence of Jan Vertonghen for a prolonged period last season.
Wimmer impressed in Vertonghen's absence last term
Wimmer stepped up at centre-back whilst the Belgian was out, and was part of the winning team in 70% of the league matches he played last season, an impressive feat indeed.
Ultimately, he couldn't help Tottenham to the Premier League title that they crave so dearly, but his stock rose so much that he's now firmly established as the club's third choice centre-back, evidenced by the fact that Pochettino is yet to bring in extra defensive cover during this transfer window.
Wimmer's performances were so good that he earned a place in the Austria squad for Euro 2016, a campaign that ended poorly with the Austrian's knocked out early after picking up just one point from three group games. Unfortunately for Wimmer, he only managed to get on the pitch for three minutes throughout, as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.
For now, the centre-back will be hoping to break into the Spurs team ahead of either Toby Alderweireld or the aforementioned Vertonghen, as he looks to participate in the Champions League for the first time in his career.
Defender pleased to have his future sorted
Speaking after signing his new contract, Wimmer said that he's "happy and delighted" to have secured his future at the club, whilst manager Pochettino hailed his "very good" first season as the reason for giving him a new deal.
Tottenham are expected to confirm new contracts for some of their other stars in the coming weeks, with Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen amongst those ready to put pen to paper ahead of the season opener against Everton on August 13.