Sources: Tottenham ace rejects contract & starts learning new language

Jan Vertonghen is starting to learn a new language as he prepares to bring down the curtain on his Tottenham career, Football Insider understands.

The Belgium international, who turned 33 last week, has already knocked back the club’s offer of a new contract.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Vertonghen is also primed to learn either Spanish or Italian as he weighs up various summer offers.

The long-serving Spur recently revealed to Belgian TV channel Play Sports he has had some “serious proposals” from clubs keen to sign him on a summer free.

Vertonghen is out of contract at the end of June and has already rejected Tottenham’s offer of a one-year deal on reduced terms.

Vertonghen is seeking a minimum of a two-year contract amid widespread interest in his services from major European clubs.

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He has publicly kept the door open to remaining in north London but is looking to move on whether the postponed campaign eventually ends.

The most likely scenario is he moves to a club playing in La Liga in Spain or Serie A in Italy.

Vertonghen was the subject of interest from clubs including Ajax and Inter Milan in January but they were put off by an asking price initially set at £12million that was not reduced until later in the window.

 

Vertonghen, who joined Spurs in 2012, has lost his regular starting place this season but has still made 26 appearances in all competitions.

Eighteen of those have come from Premier League starts, with the versatile Belgian slotting in at left-back on a number of occasions.

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