By Kevin Phillips

18th Mar, 2020 | 12:39pm

Exclusive: Mourinho tipped to sit 'Great' Spurs player down & let him go - Phillips

Kevin Phillips has revealed he does not expect Jan Vertonghen to be at Tottenham next season and tipped Jose Mourinho to let him go gently.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested it has been a “difficult year” for the 32-year-old.

Vertonghen is out of contract contract this June and it is yet unclear whether the centre-back will sign new terms at the club.

According to a report in the Evening Standard, Inter Milan have made contact with the former Ajax player over a potential summer move.

The defender could join former teammate Christian Eriksen at the Serie A club after he completed a £17million in January.

When asked if he expected the defender to sign a new contract with the club, Phillips told Football Insider: “You look at what has happened this season – he has been in and out of the side and we have seen him get subbed a couple of times.

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“It would not surprise me if Mourinho sits the lad down and has an honest conversation with him and he would probably admit it is time for a fresh challenge.

“It has been a difficult year but he has been a great servant for the club.

“Whenever we reconvene, whether it is next season, it would not surprise me if Vertonghen is not at Tottenham.”

Vertonghen made 26 appearances this season before the Premier League was suspended until April 4 – at the earliest – due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

European clubs hope to complete the remaining schedule before June 30, after UEFA announced yesterday that the Euros will be suspended until 2021.

In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider of double boost which will aid push for Champions League qualification.