Vertonghen ready to take up the challenge

by Matthew Harris on July 9, 2012

One of the most protracted deals in Spurs’ recent history finally came to an end on Sunday as the club announced the signing of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian defender joins us as the second signing under Andre Villas-Boas’ reign and will complete the deal after a medical.

“I am very relieved,” he said. “It went on for a long time, but I’m glad I’m a Tottenham player right now and I’m looking forward to playing for the club.

“I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I have heard a lot of good stories from my Belgium team-mates. I think I’m ready.”

The Vertonghen rumours began to gather pace back in January and stories that the deal had started to progress began during Harry’s reign. A contract dispute is thought to have held things up but amidst suggestions of a hijack from elsewhere, Jan has now signed on.

The 25 year old has 37 international caps and was the player of the year back in Holland last season. Those are some impressive credentials and surely all Spurs fans will welcome this signing.

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