Report: Tottenham defender could leave in the summer

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Jan Vertonghen is poised to leave Tottenham Hotspur when his contract runs out in the summer, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The report suggests that the Lilywhites are unlikely to offer the centre back a new deal. The 32-year-old is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.

Vertonghen has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent players over the last few years but he has failed to replicate the same form this season.

The Belgian has seen himself used sparingly by Jose Mourinho since his arrival in November.

The Portuguese coach handed the former Ajax man a start against Southampton in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday but replaced him just ten minutes into the second half.

Vertonghen looked absolutely devastated to be taken off, with some Spurs rallying behind the defender after the incident.

While the Daily Mail suggests that the centre half’s time at Tottenham is likely to come to an end in the summer after eight years at the club, Vertonghen’s agent Tom De Mul refused to rule out the possibility of the 32-year-old signing an extension (Belgian publication HLN).

Spurs Web Opinion

It is sad to see how rapidly Vertonghen has declined over the last year. I was convinced after his performance against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley last season that the defender had at least two or three good years in him but it hasn’t worked out that way. If he doesn’t start putting in a string of good performances and get back to being the first choice, I cannot see the club offering him a new deal in the summer.

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