The agent of Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen has today assured that his client remains fully committed to the club, following the stopper’s early substitution versus Southampton this week.
Spurs scrape through
Jose Mourinho’s men welcomed the Saints to north London on Wednesday night, for an FA Cup replay.
The original 4th-round tie between the clubs two weeks ago saw Sofiane Boufal’s late equaliser cancel out Son Heung-min’s opener.
As such, Wednesday’s meeting had to produce a winner, whether via 90 minutes, extra time or a penalty shootout.
And, when all was said and done, a thrilling affair eventually saw Spurs emerge victorious.
Despite having been dominated for lengthy stretches, the hosts kept their FA Cup hopes alive for another season courtesy of a 3-2 win.
After all of Jack Stephens (OG), Shane Long, Danny Ings and Lucas Moura had found the back of the net, Son Heung-min’s late penalty proved the difference between the sides.
Highlights: Tottenham 3-2 Southampton
‘Super happy at Spurs’
Tottenham’s victory 2 nights ago, though, was not all positive.
An incident surrounding Jan Vertonghen early in the second-half proved of major concern for the Lilywhites’ faithful.
Less than 10 minutes after the interval, Jose Mourinho opted to haul off Belgian stopper Vertonghen, amid a hapless display.
This left the 32-year-old visibly upset, to the extent that it looked as though Vertonghen was on the verge of tears on the Spurs bench.
This had even led to some speculating that the experienced defender’s days in a Tottenham jersey may well be numbered.
If the latest comments of Vertonghen’s agent are anything to go by, though, then the Belgian has no intention of moving on anytime soon.
Speaking in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws earlier today, Tom de Mul assured that his client was simply expressing his disappointment with his own performance after being hooked versus Southampton:
‘His reaction had nothing to do with his future.’
‘He was just disappointed when he got subbed off. He was unhappy with his performance against Southampton in the first hour and with the team’s level.’
De Mul added that Vertonghen remains ‘very committed’ to the Spurs project:
‘Jan still wants to achieve great things with Spurs. He wants to qualify for the Europa or Champions League, to win the FA Cup. He is 32, but still very ambitious.’
‘He is focused. He still has so many targets. The Euros are a super important goal too.’
‘Jan is still super happy at Spurs and loves London. He is still very committed.’
‘There’s a lot of respect for Tottenham, just like there is a lot of respect from the club towards us. That’s logical after eight seasons. There is a connection.’