Jan Vertonghen hasn’t ruled himself out of staying at Tottenham beyond this season, but admitted that wherever he ends up, he wants to remain in Europe so he can continue to play for Belgium.
The 32-year-old defender, who joined Spurs from Ajax in the summer of 2012, has been an outstanding servant to the club, making over 300 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 times.
But Vertonghen’s performances have dropped over the previous 12 months, and the emergence of youngster Japhet Tanganga, plus Davinson Sanchez, has led to the Belgian starting just 18 games in the Premier League this term.
And with his current Spurs deal expiring at the end of the current season, there have been a number of reports linking Vertonghen with a move away from N17.
Vertonghen hinted that he could remain in North London, but said that the Coronavirus pandemic has seen more clubs interested in him, given that he’s available on a free transfer this summer.
The centre-back was asked about his future by, Play Sports in a video call on YouTube, and said: “I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs, or another club. It must be a club with ambition. I want to play in Europe as the national team is important for me.
“It might sound weird, but since the corona crisis there is more interest. I’m a free agent & some clubs might not have a lot of money.”
You can see the full interview below, although it isn’t in English.