Jan Vertonghen has made the strongest indication yet that he will leave Tottenham this summer by admitting he ‘wants to sign with the right club’.
The Belgium international, who has made 228 Premier League appearances for Spurs since his £10.5million move from Ajax in 2012, is set to become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old has not ruled out staying in north London, but he has suggested he would like to play in Italy or Spain and has said there have been ‘serious’ offers for him.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was keen for Vertonghen to stay, but suggested the defender’s agent was playing hardball over a fresh contract.
“I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs, or another club,” he told Belgian TV channel Play Sports.
“I really want to continue at top level for a few more years and I would like to play European football next season.
“Since January, a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals.
“The Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious for the time being, but I will keep all options open.”
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The Belgium defender, who has been in and out of the team this season, has revealed he finds himself in a stronger position because of the affect the coronavirus could have on the game.
He added: “I’m free, of course, and many clubs don’t have the money to do transfers. Transfer-free players like me are even more coveted in the coronavirus crisis.”
The Premier League are still working out a way to end the season, with some leagues around Europe beginning to accept defeat in their bid to complete the campaign.
A centralised camp to play all of the games in several weeks is just one suggestion which has been mooted, but Vertonghen says that would be ‘dramatic’.
“They will do everything to finish the competition and people are even considering quarantining the players, coaches and referees for five weeks,” he said.
“So a kind of mini-World Cup. That would be dramatic for a family man like me. But we players have little say about that. Money talks.”