Ajax’s Erik ten Hag admits they are following Jan Vertonghen’s situation closely

Vertonghen’s Tottenham stint

Jan Vertonghen has been a mainstay in Tottenham’s defence for nearly eight years now.

The towering central defender made the switch to Spurs in July of 2012, joining from Ajax for a fee believed to be around £11.25m.

Vertonghen instantly became an integral member of Tottenham’s squad, notching 49 appearances in his first season with the club.

In total, the Belgian has made 307 appearances across all competitions for the Lilywhites, in which he has scored 13 and assisted seven.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 14: Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 14, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Ajax’s Erik ten Hag speaks about Vertonghen

However, could Vertonghen’s time at Spurs be coming to an end?

The now 32-year-old is out of contract with the north London outfit in the summer.

Despite his expiring contract, Vertonghen has still featured fairly heavily for Tottenham this term.

Vertonghen’s latest outing for Tottenham came against Southampton in an FA Cup 4th round replay.

However, it wasn’t the imposing central defender’s best game, leading to his substitution after 54 minutes, with Vertonghen having then looked visibly upset on the bench.

Vertonghen’s agent then spoke out after that game, stating that his client was still ‘super happy at Spurs’.

But despite his agent’s comments about him being happy at Tottenham, Vertonghen is still yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.

And, as per the Evening Standard, the Tottenham defender is free to speak to foreign clubs ahead of a summer move.

European heavyweights Ajax and Napoli were linked with a move for Vertonghen last month.

Of course, Vertonghen remained at Spurs during the winter window. But more recently, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has claimed that they are following the defender’s situation very closely:

“Jan has a history at Ajax.

“Of course we are following his situation very closely, but you also have to look at the position in which someone plays.

“If that comes together, the availability and the position in which he plays, then he is an option.

“There is no question of any age limit here. If someone is good enough, it doesn’t matter how old he is.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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