By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen says departing Belgium coach Marc Wilmots could have remained as the national coach but it was for the best that he has left.
Belgium crashed out of Euro 2016 in the quarter-finals when they were beaten 3-0 in a famous Wales performance.
Talking to Sporza, Vertonghen said the boss had unfair pressure on him from fans and the media but he has left them with a good structure.
“I think the coach certainly could remain, but the pressure was so high towards the next World Cup. With every goal or every bad pass, they would sit ready to finish him off. That’s not a good situation,” he said.
“This team has a lot to thank Wilmots. He has set up a good structure and given us confidence. He also managed to debut many players. Some have developed very well under him. The union has now decided it to an end. ”
The Tottenham centre-back missed their game against Wales following an injury to his ankle ligaments in training ahead of the tie.
Vertonghen could be sidelined until November if the initial four-month prognosis is correct, which would be a devastating blow for Tottenham.
The 28-year-old missed three months of the 2015-16 season after damaging his knee ligaments in January and, although Spurs coped well in his absence, Mauricio Pochettino demonstrated his faith in the centre-back by immediately reinstating him in the team when he was fit.
Such a serious Tottenham injury could have an effect on Spurs’ summer transfer plans.
Vertonghen is one of only three senior centre-backs at the club, along with countryman Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer, and the north Londoners were already in the market for a new defender as they don’t want to rely on Eric Dier to cover from midfield.
In other Tottenham news, they have agreed personal terms with an attacker as he jets in to complete the deal.