Danny Mills has urged Tottenham fans to not think “short term” when remembering Jan Vertonghen’s time with the club. 

The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it’s rare for players to leave “in a fairy tale.”

Tottenham confirmed on Monday that the 33-year-old, along with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, had left the club at the end of their deals in north London.

The Belgian defender started just one of Tottenham’s nine games following the Premier League’s restart, the 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth.

Mills believes he should be remembered for his good performances at Tottenham, rather than a disappointing final two years.

“He’s done incredibly well,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“The problem is, very few players leave in a fairy tale, where they win something and walk away.

“It very, very rarely happens like that. The problem with that is people then tend to remember the last couple of years where maybe he hasn’t been as good as he was previously.

“That’s not necessarily fair. People can be quite short term at times when looking backwards and just think he didn’t do great last season.

“That’s life and what happens to a lot of people at the end of their career. Very few people go out at the top of their career.”

Vertonghen made 315 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions, with 232 of those coming in the Premier League.

As well as enjoying a host of top four finishes, the defender lead Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final, where they were beaten 2-0 by current Premier League champions Liverpool.

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