Ten Hag admits interest in Vertonghen Tottenham defender


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Ajax coach Ten Hag admits interest in Tottenham defender Vertonghen

Ten Hag admits interest in Tottenham defender Vertonghen

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has confirmed interest in Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.

The 32 year-old former Ajax stopper’s contract with Spurs expires in June.

Ten Hag told Ziggo Sport: “Jan is a player with a past at Ajax. He knows the philosophy of the club. Of course we are following his situation emphatically.

“But you also have to look at the position in which someone can play. If that comes together, the availability and the position in which someone plays, then he is an option.

Ajax coach Ten Hag admits interest in Tottenham defender Vertonghen

“There is no question of any age limit here.

“If someone is good enough, it doesn’t matter how old he is.”

Jan Vertonghen “still wants to achieve great things” with Tottenham despite his reaction to being substituted against Southampton on Wednesday, says his agent.

The defender, 32, looked visibly upset after being taken off less than 10 minutes into the second half of Spurs’ 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round replay win.

Ajax coach Ten Hag admits interest in Tottenham defender Vertonghen

His contract expires this summer and it is rumoured an extension is unlikely.

“His reaction had nothing to do with his future,” said his agent Tom de Mul.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, he added: “He was just disappointed when he got subbed off. He was unhappy with his performance against Southampton in the first hour and with the team’s level.”

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, speaking after Wednesday’s match, said: “It’s normal that he’s sad. No player likes to come out.

“I decided to sacrifice Jan, so sad yes and with a reason to be sad, but happy now because he won.

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