Jan Vertonghen has expressed his pride after playing his 300th game for Tottenham Hotspur.
The central defender reached the milestone when he was named in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven for the 2-1 win against Brighton on Boxing Day.
The Belgian moved to Tottenham from Ajax in 2012 and has become a mainstay in the defence over the years and has this season found himself operating on the left side under Jose Mourinho.
Vertonghen is out of contract in North London at the end of the current campaign and has seen his defensive partner and compatriot Toby Alderweireld commit his future to the club earlier this month.
The 32-year-old admits that the club has made great strides since he joined and should now be considered as genuine contenders for trophies.
“I’m very proud to reach that number of appearances for the Club,” he told the club’s official site.
“I only found out a day or two ago so yes, it is a big milestone and I’m delighted to get there.
“We have come very far over the last few years, both on and off the pitch. We are one of the teams that you have to look at if you are looking at teams that are going to try and win cups or the league. We are up there now, and we want to stay there.
“It’s like, for example, if you are to lose a game, it is a very good sign that no matter who it is against you are very disappointed with that and it means that you want so much more from yourselves.”
Vertonghen has been a brilliant servant for the club and should be rewarded with a new two-year contract.
Mourinho has preferred to play Vertonghen at left-back rather than Danny Rose and he has not let us down.
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