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21st Dec, 2016 | 6:06pm

Tottenham senior star's mum: Player is homesick and will return soon

By Amir Mir

Jan Vertonghen’s mother believes she can see her son returning home “soon”, despite the Tottenham defender signing a new contract in December.

Belgium international Vertonghen, who came through the ranks in Holland, has a contract at White Hart Lane which runs until 2019.

The 29-year-old signed for the north London club during the summer of 2012, where he has gone on to become a regular first-team player.

He is rated as one of the best defenders in the Premier League and with it he has built a strong partnership with his Belgian counterpart Toby Alderweireld.

But despite Vertonghen being in the peak years of his career in England’s top-flight, the centre-back’s mother believes he could return to Belgium or even Holland.

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“Jan is starting to miss home,” Vertonghen’s mother told Belgian Radio, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “I see him coming back soon — we will see. Home could also mean Amsterdam. His girlfriend is from there.”

Vertonghen has played 184 games in all competitions for Spurs, scoring nine goals in the process.

He was a main figure in helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side achieve their best league finish in nearly three decades last season when they secured Champions League football by claiming third spot.

This term he has made 22 Premier League and Champions League appearances, helping Tottenham keep nine clean sheets as they aim for another top four finish.

Prior to joining Spurs, Vertonghen had piled his trade at Ajax, where he played 220 games for the Dutch giants.

He has also represented his national side on 89 occasions, including helping them to the semi-final of the European Championships which took place in the summer.

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