Tottenham star torn after revealing doubts over two potential transfers

Date published: Friday 20th March 2020 6:59 - Samuel Bannister

Jan Vertonghen has expressed doubts over two potential next destinations amid reports he could return to Belgium at the end of his Tottenham contract.

The veteran defender is yet to agree to a contract extension with Tottenham, meaning he could leave for free this summer.

At the age of 32, he is unlikely to be making a step up when he chooses his next club, with a return to his native Belgium one of the more realistic options.

He could make a similar move to the one compatriot Vincent Kompany did when calling time on his spell at Manchester City, when he headed back to the Belgian Pro League to sign for Anderlecht.

Vertonghen has in fact never played in his native country, having come through the youth ranks at Ajax in neighbouring Holland. However, he may be given the chance to play in Belgium once his contract expires.

The centre-back has joked that he is not keen about two potential destinations, however.

“When I choose Club Brugge, Vincent Kompany kills me. If I choose Anderlecht, my wife will kill me,” he told VIER (via Sport Witness).

Alternatively, Vertonghen could still seek one last big move, with some reports suggesting that Antonio Conte wants him to follow former Spurs teammate Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.

Eriksen’s contract was also due to expire at the end of the season, before he swapped Spurs for the San Siro in January – and Inter could add Vertonghen to their wishlist as they look for cheap deals.

Alternatively, he could complete a high-profile return to first club Ajax, with coach Erik Ten Hag confirming they are monitoring his situation.

 

 

Elsewhere in the interview, Vertonghen also revealed how he would be keeping fit while first team training is suspended.

“Our training schedule starts next week,” he said.

“We’ve got a bicycle setup, so I will have to keep fit with that.

“My house is not very big, so I will have to be creative by walking up the stairs…”

 

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