'Not been himself' - Exclusive: Robinson reacts to major update on Tottenham star
Paul Robinson is adamant that Jan Vertonghen is leaving Tottenham on good terms after the defender announced his exit from the club.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that while the 33-year-old has “not been himself” this season, he has “earned the right” to make a decision on his future based on lifestyle.
Football Insider revealed last week that Vertonghen and his teammate Michel Vorm would leave the club at the end of the season, which was confirmed today.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 27, 2020
Both were out of contract on 30 June but signed short-term extensions to remain at the club until the completion of the campaign.
Robinson hailed Vertonghen‘s eight year of service to the club and looked back on his exploits in the Champions League last year.
“He has been a very loyal servant,” he told Football Insider.
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“He has not been himself this season and he has not been at his best but last season he was. His performance against Ajax last year was one of the best I have seen from him in a Tottenham shirt.
“A top defender who will leave with everyone’s best wishes and support.
“He is now at a stage of his career where it is a lifestyle decision. He has earned the right to do that with his years of service and performance.”
So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons. I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium & of course you fans. pic.twitter.com/qyEOlNmgFx
— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) July 27, 2020
In a statement, Spurs said: “We thank Jan for his tremendous service and wish him every success in the future.
“He will always be a valued member of the Spurs family.”
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