Report: 35-year-old Spurs icon ‘does not rule out’ Premier League return this summer

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According to Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad, former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen could be set for a shock return to the Premier League before the transfer window shuts.

Vertonghen made 315 appearances for Spurs across all competitions after arriving at White Hart Lane from Ajax in 2012 before eventually departing in the summer of 2020 as a free agent. 

The centre-back penned a three-year contract with Benfica at the time but he now finds himself out of favour at the Portuguese club, having not started any of the club’s first four games of the season.

Het Nieuwsblad claim that Vertonghen is considering his future in light of his struggles to get into Benfica’s starting eleven.

The report states that the former Spurs star wants regular game time under his belt leading up to the World Cup in November.

The player is said to have received interest from the Premier League as well as from top clubs in Belgium.

Het Nieuwsblad add that the 35-year-old ‘does not rule out’ a return to England before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

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At his peak, Vertonghen was one of the best central defenders in the Premier League but at 35 years of age, the pace and intensity of the league might be too much for him. So, I believe it would be in his best interests to follow in Alderweireld’s footsteps and return to Belgium ahead of the World Cup.

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