Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has said that a change of culture is among the many reasons he could look to move on from London this summer.
The Belgium international’s contract runs out on June 30 and unlike with his teammate and compatriot Toby Alderweireld, there has been no indication that he is close to agreeing an extension.
Indeed, the football season is postponed until April 30 at the earliest and it is unclear whether the season will be resumed on that schedule, as well as what that means for players who could be unavailable if the season continues into July.
Speaking to De Kleedkamer, Vertonghen revealed that he is going through the process of weighing up his options in a bid to reach a decision on his future.
“I’m in a process right now that I have to grab a piece of paper and write down the pros and cons of the options I will have soon,” the 32-year-old said.
“I will really have to decide what I want in my career. In three to four years, I will normally return to the place where I will likely settle down.
“I have to start thinking about where I still want to live, what language I want to learn, what culture I still want to live in.
“And also very importantly: which competitions and prizes I still want to win. I don’t want to regret anything in my career.”
Vertonghen could be joined on the way out of Spurs by left-back Danny Rose, who used the January transfer window to earn a refreshing loan move to Newcastle.
On the other flank, Serge Aurier has also been linked with a move away amid reports that boss Jose Mourinho is planning an overhaul of his squad ahead of next term.
In other news, Rio Ferdinand has said that Tottenham would be an ideal next destination for Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international’s future at Barcelona is uncertain after being sent on a loan spell at Bayern Munich.