Vertonghen hints at Tottenham exit with latest future update

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Vertonghen’s Tottenham stint

Jan Vertonghen has been a pivotal member of Tottenham’s backline for many years now.

The towering centre-half joined the Lilywhites from Dutch outfit Ajax in the summer of 2012.

Vertonghen has since played a commanding role for Spurs, notching 311 appearances across all competitions for the north Londoners.

However, after almost eight years in England, Vertonghen’s time at Tottenham looks to be coming to an end.

The now 32-year-old has just a few months remaining on his current Spurs contract.

And the Belgian’s displays have also dipped off slightly in the current campaign, although, Jose Mourinho did come out and state in February that Vertonghen is still part of his plans moving forward.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 05: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Vertonghen speaks about future

Despite Mourinho’s words though, Vertonghen is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal and he also looks to be attracting interest from elsewhere in Europe.

Serie A giants Inter Milan were linked with Vertonghen at the back end of February whilst Ajax boss Erik ten Hag admitted that his side are following Vertonghen’s situation:

“Of course we are following his situation very closely, but you also have to look at the position in which someone plays.” 

Now, when speaking to Belgian TV channel Play Sports, Vertonghen has offered an update on his future and he doesn’t sound overly tied down to the idea of staying at Spurs.

The 118-time capped Belgium international stated he wishes to continue at the top level for a few more years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean at Spurs with the stopper name dropping both Spain and Italy as potential destinations:

“I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs, or another club.

“I really want to continue at top level for a few more years and I would like to play European football next season.

“Since January, a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals.

“The Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious for the time being, but I will keep all options open.

“I’m free, of course, and many clubs don’t have the money to do transfers. Transfer-free players like me are even more coveted in the coronavirus crisis.”