Exclusive: Ex-Spurs midfielder claims Tottenham star to 'Definitely' leave in summer
Michael Brown is convinced Jan Vertonghen’s glittering Tottenham career will come to an end in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs midfielder is in no doubt the Belgium international, who turns 33 next month, will head out of the club.
Vertonghen is out of contract in the summer and has failed to agree the terms of an extension.
Ajax, Inter Milan and Napoli were among the clubs keen on signing Vertonghen in January but the terms of a deal could not be agreed as Spurs initially priced him at £12million.
Asked by Football Insider if Vertonghen will be at the club next season, Brown replied: “It’s not looking likely, it’s definitely not looking likely that he’s going to stay.
“Could it? Yes, because who’s better out there [in the market]? Mourinho’s put him in and then he’s taken him out of the team.
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Brown is convinced that Spurs have been hit by so many contract wrangles in recent times – most notably in the cases of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen – because they have paid far lower wages than other clubs among the Premier League elite.
“All this uncertainty at Spurs, over contract issues, where they all go, who’s going to
be there, who’s not going to be there – because that pay grade’s slightly lower than other top clubs, they’ve tried to increase it, tried to get better, so everyone’s got that uncertainty.”
Like Eriksen and Alderweireld, Vertonghen has been a mainstay of the best Tottenham team of the Premier League era and is coming to the end of his eighth season at the club.
The 118-times Belgium international remains a key member of the starting XI and has made 17 league starts among 24 appearances in all competitions this season.
But he is no longer a virtual untouchable, as he was for most of Mauricio Pochettino’s five-and-a-half years in charge.