Danny Mills has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho won’t be “bothered in the slightest” if Jan Vertonghen leaves for Manchester City this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international acknowledged that losing the veteran Belgian would be a “blow”, but also suggested that Spurs wouldn’t be too daunted by the prospect of losing him to a top six rival.
The Telegraph reported earlier in the week that the 33-year-old has emerged as a target for Pep Guardiola’s side amid continued uncertainty over his future in north London.
Vertonghen is out of contract with Spurs this summer, and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, meaning that he could leave the club on a free transfer.
But Mills is of the opinion that his current employers would not be overly concerned about where he moves to if he does depart.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It would be a blow. I do wonder whether he’s suited to Manchester City though.
“He’s got experience and he’s very, very good, but it’s one of those, I think you can’t control it. If you don’t want a player, you have to accept that they’re going to go wherever they want. If you’re saying you don’t want him cause he’s not good enough, pretty much.
“Effectively you’re saying you don’t want him, so if somebody else wants him, good luck to them. I don’t think Spurs or Mourinho will be bothered in the slightest where he goes.”
Vertonghen has played 315 times for Spurs over the course of his career in England, but has struggled for game time recently.
The versatile defender has started just one game since the Premier League restarted in June, featuring in the 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.
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