Jose Mourinho will not be concerned about potentially losing senior defender, Jan Vertognhen this summer, according to Alan Smith. (Sky Sports)
The Belgian defender’s contract expires at the end of this month, however, it is expected Spurs will offer him a one-month extension to see this season out (Telegraph).
The former Arsenal striker told Sky’s Football Show that Mourinho will not dwell on losing Vertonghen this summer.
“Vertonghen is 33 years of age and his best form is behind him,” Smith said.
“We saw that in the latter stages of this season so Jose Mourinho won’t be overly fussed if he’s not available and if his mind is elsewhere.”
Vertonghen has enjoyed eight years at Spurs, in that time racking up 228 Premier League appearances and six league goals. (Premier League)
“We’ve got to think that most of these players who are out of contract, certainly the most attractive ones to other clubs, they’ll have half an idea at least over where they’re going to go and who’s interested,” Smith added.
With Spurs not expected to offer Vertonghen a deal past the end of the season, the Belgian is believed to be weighing up potential suitors in Italy.
It is believed Inter, Fiorentina, Napoli and AS Roma are all interested in bringing the 33-year-old to Italy on a free transfer.
At the age of 33, Vertonghen is determined to make the right decision as it is likely to be the last big move of his career (The Athletic).
Spurs Web Opinion
It will be sad to see super Jan leave. He has been a superb servant throughout the eight-year spell at Spurs. There have been indicators which suggest the Belgian is well past his best, however, that won’t make the goodbye any easier.
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