Jan Vertonghen is expected to leave Tottenham after his team-mates pay emotional tributes following the season’s final game at Crystal Palace.
The Belgian defender has not been offered a new deal and will leave after eight years of service in which he made more than 300 appearances and was one of the Premier League’s most trusted center-backs. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm also leaves with the club ready to confirm his outings on Monday.
Harry Kane said on Instagram after the Palace draw that secured a place in the Europa League: “I only wish the best for jvertonghen and mvorm with what lies ahead. It was a pleasure to share a changing room and play with the two.
Vertonghen’s Belgian team-mate Toby Alderweireld said: “It’s sad to see these two great guys leave the club, both great players but still better people. We have shared countless moments that I will never forget. I wish you all the best for your next steps. To stay in contact. “
Midfielder Harry Winks added: “I will miss those two. It’s been a big part of my career since I came to the academy on and off the pitch. All the best in your next boys chapters. ”
Vertonghen, who joined Spurs in 2012 from Ajax, has fallen out of favor this season, first under Mauricio Pochettino as his contract problem erupted last summer, then playing a minimal role under José Mourinho. He spoke of the desire to settle in a new country, with Spain and Italy as possible destinations.
Mourinho has also confirmed that former Spurs captain Ledley King will join his staff behind the scenes, replacing his current assistant Ricardo Formosinho. ” I know what [Ledley] can give, ”Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I know what he needs to learn and he’s very happy to be doing it. Fans love it, and it’s another connection to the local community.
Tottenham secured a place in the Europa League with the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park, while the hosts ended a seven-game losing streak in the league. After the game, Roy Hodgson was pessimistic about the club’s chances of retaining Wilfried Zaha.
“I think he’s made it clear he’d like to move,” Hodgson told talkSPORT. “Since he is eager and desperate to get away, only he can answer this question… we’ll just have to look at this space, and we will accept the decision he has finally made.”
“I don’t think he’s been as good as he can be during that time, but he really had to do a job ahead on his own,” Hodgson added. “He’s a very valuable player for us and he still has good transfer value so what’s going to happen I really can’t say.