Mourinho confirms Jan Vertonghen is part of his Spurs plans moving forward

Aston Villa vs Tottenham

Tottenham’s next clash will see them travel to Aston Villa on Sunday the 16th of February.

You can check out 101’s betting tips for the clash here.

Spurs are currently sat 6th in the English top-flight, four points off 4th placed Chelsea.

But the Lilywhites may not even need to finish in the top-four this season to qualify for next campaign’s Champions League.

That is because if Manchester City’s recently enforced Champions League ban is upheld, 5th place in the PL would earn a spot in next season’s CL.

So, a win over Villa would see Spurs move up to 5th, and into a potential Champions League spot.

As for Dean Smith’s side, they are currently sat 17th in the PL, just one point above the bottom three.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Mourinho on Vertonghen

Prior to taking on relegation-battling Villa, Jose Mourinho has spoken about Jan Vertonghen, and his future at the club.

The Belgian was taken off 54 minutes in Tottenham’s last clash vs Southampton, and looked visibly upset whilst sat on the bench afterwards.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag also recently claimed that the Dutch outfit are monitoring the towering central defender’s situation.

But, in a recent interview, according to football.london, Jose Mourinho gave a very clear ‘yes’ when asked if Vertonghen is part of his plans going forward.

Mourinho also spoke about the Southampton clash, claiming that Vertonghen coming off was a tactical decision, and had nothing to do with his future at Spurs:

“The last game has nothing to do with his future here.

 “It was a tactical decision. We were playing with a back five and I thought that would give us more security for a team that I knew were very short in attack and was very difficult to create many chances.

“I knew that Dele Alli was the plan to come in for the last 20-25 minutes, maximum half an hour, and for that the plan was to change from a back five to a back four.

“You know, I decided to keep Alderweireld on and especially Tanganga in the middle, fast players, so I took off Jan.

“There is no relation between that and his future.” As quoted by football.london.

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