Jan Vertonghen fears his proposed move from Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur has fallen through.
Vertonghen, 25, has been strongly linked with a switch to Tottenham his summer and on Tuesday the player’s agent expressed his hope that an agreement will soon be struck.
But the Belgium international has suggested the deal is now off, with the defender prepared to return to training with Ajax ahead of entering the final year of his contract with the Eredivisie side.
“This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner,” Vertonghen told Algemeen Dagblad.”As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on July 2. I’m hoping for a solution, but I’m not expecting a solution.
“I have one advantage: Ajax have got a good coach who knows me. I play in a good, stable squad. Let’s become champions with Ajax for the third time in a row.”
Vertonghen went on to outline his frustration after reports suggested his current terms at Ajax entitle him to 15% of his asking price – which is thought to be in the region of £9.6 million.
He said: “I’m shocked. The percentage is correct. It’s unbelievable. I know that at Ajax a lot of things are leaking. When you hear it about other football players, you don’t feel it. It’s different when it’s about yourself.”
SOURCE: ESPN Soccernet
Not the news Tottenham fans wanted to hear. Jan Vertonghen has been on a verge of a move to White Hart Lane for nearly a month but it appears a contract wrangle with Ajax may prevent his departure. The Belgian international now seems to be mentally preparing himself for another season with the Dutch champions.
For once, it doesn’t look as though it is Spurs who have made a mess of this deal but missing out the 26-year-old could be costly for the Londoners. They are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, with Ledley King’s future unclear and William Gallas and Michael Dawson struggling for fitness. That leaves Younes Kaboul, the young but talented Steven Caulker and the returning Sebastian Bassong, who is desperate to leave the club.
Vertonghen would also offer Spurs the versatility to play at left-back, allowing another disgruntled defender – Danny Rose – to move on.
And it’s not often that a proven international and leader is available for less than £10 million in today’s market, meaning managerless Spurs may struggle to find a replacement.
Chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator but wouldn’t it just be prudent to pay an extra million or so and finally put this saga to bed?