Spurs fans were devastated to hear that Jan Vertonghen is unlikely to sign a new deal with the club and is expected to leave in the summer.
According to the Daily Mail (via Hotspur Related), the Belgian centre-back is unlikely to be offered an extension to his current deal, which is set to expire at the end of the season.
Although, it appears as if the Belgian is happy at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 32-year-old joined Spurs from Ajax in 2012 and has been a regular in the first-team ever since, making 307 appearances in nearly eight years at the North London club.
However, recent displays have suggested that he is no longer at the level he was at a couple of seasons ago when he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for his consistent performances in the Premier League. The emergence of Japhet Tanganga has seen the Belgian international lose his place in recent weeks and it seems as if his long spell in North London could soon be coming to an end.
Do you think Vertonghen should be offered a new contract?
Reaction from Spurs fans to the news of Vertonghen’s contract can be seen in the tweets below.
The mind is willing,but the body can’t do it,he has been great for Spurs but the legs have gone.
— Brainspurs2019 (@brainspurs2019) February 7, 2020
— Electric Forest (@electricForest6) February 7, 2020
Shhhh please don’t
— / Dier Propaganda (@sacramentoszn) February 7, 2020
Once again, Poch knew.
— Spurs Fan (@Tottenham_N17) February 7, 2020
Oh no Jan…..
— Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix (@Jose_Spursinho) February 7, 2020
— Joe (@JoaoGriIo) February 7, 2020
His time is up
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) February 7, 2020
Absolute legend to the club, but no need for him to stay any longer with the new gen here now.
— willkershaw (@thewillkershaw) February 7, 2020
These Spurs fans are clearly upset about the prospect of Vertonghen leaving the club, although some admit that the 32-year-old may well be past his best.
What do we think?
Vertonghen has been a great player for Spurs during his time at the club, but his form so far this season has been disappointing, with the former Ajax man averaging a 6.84 match rating from WhoScored. Hopefully, they can allow the £16.2 million-rated man to leave on the back of a trophy win.