Jose Mourinho has now reacted to Jan Vertonghen’s recent interview in which he claimed that he suffered concussion symptoms for nine months at Tottenham.
The incident itself occurred in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax, with Vertonghen taking a hefty knock on the head before continuing to play for a period.
The Belgian defender revealed this month that the concussion prevented him from reaching the levels he desired in his final year at Tottenham (Sporza).
Vertonghen left on a free transfer last summer after eight years of service in North London, becoming one of the most consistent and important players under Mauricio Pochettino.
The defender claimed that he suffered from headaches and dizziness after the incident and was a ‘fool’ to play on through the symptoms for nine months.
Jose Mourinho responded today by claiming that players cannot train properly with concussion symptoms, while adding that the Tottenham medical department is always careful.
He said (Football London): “Well, you have a concussion or you don’t have a concussion. If you have a concussion you have concussion symptoms and you cannot play football. You cannot train.
“We have a medical department that does the job very, very carefully. Of course, what happened to Jan I was not here. When I arrived it was, let’s say, a long time after that situation.
“So I don’t have much more to say about it.”
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