Kevin Phillips has suggested that it could be time for “unhappy” Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen to quit the club at the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international acknowledged how significant the Belgian has been for Spurs over the years, but claimed that the club should look to bring in “fresh blood” in the summer.
The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, and has not been given any assurances over his future in north London.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, Spurs even slashed his asking price during the January window in a bid to facilitate his exit.
Doubts over his future have been stoked even further following the player’s dejected reaction to being substituted in the FA Cup replay win over Southampton last week.
And Phillips believes that it could be time for him to seek a new challenge.
“You saw the reaction of Vertonghen when he came off in the last game,” he told Football Insider.
“He wasn’t happy. You could just see he was in dismay.
“He’s been a good servant for the club, but it might be just time for him to move on and fresh blood to come in.”
Vertonghen has found himself out of favour at Spurs in recent weeks, and was benched for both the 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League and the 1-1 FA Cup draw against Southampton.
The veteran defender was then given the nod to start against the Saints in the aforementioned replay, but was removed after just 54 minutes.
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