Jan Vertonghen Exits Tottenham After Eight Years

Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen celebrates on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 15, 2019. Tottenham won the game 2-1. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Jan Vertonghen announced his departure from Tottenham after eight years at the Premier League club on Monday.

The Belgium defender, whose contract was extended in June until the end of the current season, made more than 300 appearances for Spurs after joining the club from Ajax in 2012.

Vertonghen tweeted: “So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons.

“I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium & of course you fans.”

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm is also leaving at the end of his one-year contract.

Spurs players paid tribute to the pair on social media after the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, which booked Jose Mourinho’s men a place in next season’s Europa League.

Harry Kane said on Instagram: “Wish nothing but the best for @jvertonghen and @mvorm with whatever is next for them. Been a pleasure sharing a dressing room and playing with them both.”

 

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Vertonghen Hails Mourinho’s ‘Fighting Mentality’ After Tottenham Late Show

Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen celebrates on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 15, 2019. Tottenham won the game 2-1. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham’s last-gasp victory at Wolves proves they have bought into Jose Mourinho’s “fighting mentality” as they closed to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Spurs’ chances of a fourth successive finish in the Champions League qualification places looked a lost cause when the Portuguese took charge last month with the club 12 points behind Chelsea.

But Spurs host Frank Lampard’s side on Sunday with the chance to leapfrog their London rivals into the top four.

Defender Vertonghen scored an injury-time header to seal a 2-1 win on Sunday and secure a fourth win in five Premier League matches since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino.

The Belgium international said Tottenham showed their ability to adapt in search of victory after Adama Traore had cancelled out Lucas Moura’s opening goal for Spurs.

“Yes, the gaffer has a lot to do with it, he’s brought that fighting mentality back and we had a lot of meetings this week about this game,” said Vertonghen.

“Tactically, Wolves are a very good side, they will always have good spells in the game. It was a tough one, at the end you think ‘should we be happy with a draw or not?’ But this feeling is better.

“My feeling would not be any different if someone else had scored that goal. If you saw the celebrations at the end of the game, we dug in deep and coming away with the win meant a lot.

“We had lots of games last season when we won right at the end, it is the best feeling, we can’t give up, Wolves wanted a late goal too — but we believed just that little bit more.”

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Tottenham Defender Vertonghen To Visit Neurologist Over Head Injury

 

Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (2R) helps Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen (C) as he leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, on April 30, 2019. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen will see a neurologist on Thursday after suffering a horrific head injury during his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Ajax.

Vertonghen was dazed and covered in blood following an accidental collision with Tottenham team-mate Toby Alderweireld in the first half on Tuesday.

The Belgium international initially tried to play on after being checked by Tottenham’s medical staff, but he still looked groggy and had to be helped off the pitch moments later.

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It was feared Vertonghen had suffered a concussion, raising questions about the decision to allow him to briefly resume play.

Vertonghen has shown no ill-effects since and tests so far have been all clear, but Tottenham revealed he will go for an additional examination with the specialist on Thursday.

“Jan Vertonghen has undergone further assessment today (Wednesday 1 May) after sustaining a head injury in last night’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax. He also suffered a small cut to his nose that was bleeding heavily,” a Tottenham statement said.

“Jan was immediately withdrawn as a result of the player informing medical staff that symptoms were developing suddenly and that he no longer felt stable standing up.

“Tests today have been clear and testing will continue for the next few days.

“Additionally, as is standard club policy with certain injuries, we shall also be seeking independent advice and Jan is due to see a neurologist, who specialises in elite athletes, tomorrow. The player has reported no ill-effects today.”

Vertonghen tweeted: “Not the way I wanted the game to go last night. Feeling ok today. Thanks to both sets of fans for the positive messages.”

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Vertonghen: Pochettino Says Tottenham Defender Out For Six Weeks

Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino, Jan VertonghenTottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says Jan Vertonghen will to be out of game for six weeks after sustaining an ankle ligament injury.

The Argentine coach made the disclosure at a press briefing on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Belgian twisted his left ankle during the second half of Saturday’s 4-0 win over West Brom.

Pochettino said: “When your mind is positive it’s easier to recover, he (Vertonghen) doesn’t require surgery.

“We have players that can perform in his place and we are very happy with the squad and the players we have”.

Vertonghen has appeared in 20 out of 21 Premier League matches for the Spurs in the ongoing season.

He is part of a defence that has conceded just 14 goals, one which analysts described as “the best record in the league”.

Harry Kane Hat Trick Eases Spurs Into Second Spot

Kane Hat Trick Eases Spurs Into Second SpotHarry Kane scored a hat trick to help Tottenham Hotspur ease into second place on the Premier League table with a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion.

Kane opened the scoring at White Hart Lane after 12 minutes, finishing Christian Eriksen’s pass.

Eriksen helped to double the lead 14 minutes later when his shot hit Jonas Olsson and then Gareth McAuley, whose deflection diverted it into the net.

West Brom emerged more competitive after the break but, despite the departure of Jan Vertonghen through injury, it was Spurs who continued to score.

Kane got his second from Kyle Walker’s cross on 77 minutes and claimed the match ball for the third time in the league after a one-two with Dele Alli five minutes later.

His 13th PL goal puts him one behind Diego Costa, who leads the race for the Golden Boot.

Despite defeat, West Brom’s ninth position is not under threat.

The win was Spurs’ sixth win in a row.

In other matches, Marcos Alonso scored twice as Chelsea outclassed Leicester 3-0 to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Hull City moved off the foot of the table with an impressive 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Sunderland remained in the relegation zone following a home defeat against Stoke City.

Arsenal returned to the top four with a handsome 4-0 victory at Swansea City.

Andy Carroll scored with a stunning volley as West Ham defeated Crystal Palace 3-0.

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal  Tottenham defender, Jan Vertonghen, has signed a new deal that would keep him at white hart lane until 2019.

The Belgium International, joined from Ajax in July 2012 and immediately established himself as a vital part of their back four.

Vertonghen became the latest spurs player to commit his future to the club after striker, Harry Kane, signed fresh terms on Thursday.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, have also signed new deals since the start of the 2016/2017 season.

Euro 2016: Sing, Chant, Be The 12th Man, Gareth Bale Urges Fans

Gareth BaleWales star, Gareth Bale, has sent out a special message to supporters before they face Belgium in their UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final match on Friday.

He told Uefa.com, “We know it’s a massive game, it’s a quarter final of the European Championships but it’s one we want to go out and enjoy.

“We want everybody to sing and chant, enjoy the occasion and keep an eye on the team and be the 12th man as they have always done.

“We will try as a whole nation to win the game and try to enjoy the experience as a nation. Hopefully we can celebrate after.”

Wales’s manager, Chris Coleman, also acknowledges the uniqueness of the occasion, “We’re not going to talk it down. We’re going to savour this occasion, as we have done all along.

“This is another huge test and it’s another in a line of challenges that we’ve already met. It’s a great position to be in. We’ve got to go and do all the things that have got us in this position in the first place.

“Within the group the pressure is on us to keep performing. We’ve had to win differently [at this tournament].

“Belgium are recognised as one of the best teams in international football and we’ve played them four times in the last two campaigns. But it’s all about us and our preparation. Just because it’s Belgium, there’s been no dramas in our camp.”

Belgium will be without the services of Jan Vertonghen who turned his left ankle at the very end of training and has torn two ankle ligaments.

Manager, Marc Wilmots, nevertheless is not perturbed by the setback.

“We are now in the quarter-finals – the Hungary game is in the past and we need to focus on this game against Wales. I think we have to keep doing what we’ve done well so far. Nobody knows what sort of team will be put out, so I really need everyone to stay on their toes.

“A manager is always scared of his team having an off-day. It can happen. Hungary went well, but now we must remain focused and not take it for granted that we will win easily.

“It will be a tough match, it’s a different opposition this time. They are a team with pace, who play good football and a lot of them play in England.

“They are a side who defend really well and who have real talent on the counterattack. Now the stakes are different, this is no longer a qualification game for points. We are going out there with the semi-finals of the EURO as a prize – that is completely different.”