Still reeling from the recent departure of Harry Redknapp and the potential losses of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, Tottenham Hotspur will take great solace in the confidence of Ajax star Jan Vertonghen about his transfer to the club.
The 25-year-old was reportedly "sorry" to see Redknapp leave White Hart Lane, but has thrown his full support behind the club—stating that he still wants his transfer to go through and is still eager to perform next season at White Hart Lane, regardless of who the manager is.
Speaking through his agent, Mustapha Nakhli, Vertonghen insisted that he and Tottenham are close to finalizing a deal and that the vacant managerial position doesn't deter him from a move to Spurs, according to Goal.com.
Nothing has changed at all. He [Vertonghen] is coming to Tottenham for the club and not for the manager. Managers come and go; of course Jan is sorry that Harry Redknapp is no longer there but he is going for the club.
We have a good relationship with Daniel Levy. He wants the deal to happen. I don't know when it will happen but it is very close...
The Ajax star's contract expires this summer and he has made it clear that he wants to move to Spurs despite heavy interest from other top Premier League clubs—the most notable of which being Arsenal. His transfer, however, was looking doubtful after the departure of Redknapp and the potential mass exodus that could occur at White Hart Lane.
There is little doubt that Vertonghen's move to Tottenham would be a huge boost for the club and would be of invaluable assistance in their fight for Champions League qualification next season.
The signing could also, indirectly or directly, influence the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to remain at the club next season.
But even if that's not the case, the defender's sentiments towards the transfer, towards Harry Redknapp and towards Tottenham Hotspur, are a huge morale booster and encouragement for a club that so desperately needs it.
Will Jan Vertonghen's comments have a positive impact on Tottenham?
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