With the 2019/20 season delayed due to the global health crisis, clubs had to offer short term extensions to those players whose earlier contract was set to expire on June 30th.
There were concerns over Jan Vertonghen’s stay at Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season, but that was sorted out on Monday when the defender signed a short term deal with Spurs.
He’s still expected to leave the north London club as a free agent after this campaign.
Vertonghen came through the ranks of Ajax’s youth system and after spending nine years at the Amsterdam based club, he joined Tottenham in 2012.
Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad last month, former Ajax manager Louis van Gaal urged the Eredivisie side to sign the 33-year-old this summer.
Unfortunately for Van Gaal, his advice has not been considered by the Dutch giants as Ajax director of football Marc Overmars ruled out signing the Belgian.
“I did speak to his representatives, but we made other choices. We have confidence in Sven Botman and Lisandro Martínez can also play in that position. Jan is no longer a left back either,” Overmars told Ajax’s official website, as relayed by Algemeen Dagblad.
Vertonghen could end up at AS Roma, if reports coming out of Italian media are to be believed.