Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has denied rumours that he is looking for a way out of the club this summer, according to Sky Sports.
After the sacking of manager Tim Sherwood, Vertonghen said that he would wait for a new boss to be appointed before deciding on his future.
Indeed, Ajax manager Frank de Boer has made his interest in the job known to Tottenham, and Vertonghen – a former Ajax player – may have been waiting for de Boer to be appointed as new Spurs manager.
However, the BBC reported that de Boer himself has recently said he has not heard from the Spurs hierarchy, and that he is, “happy with Ajax”.
Speaking of the appointment of a new manager on Sky Sports, Vertonghen said, "I've got a couple more years at Tottenham and I'm happy, and I want to stay there, so it doesn't matter who the manager will be.”
Whilst Vertonghen’s assertion may not be entirely true, his words are encouraging for the Tottenham hierarchy, given the Belgian’s generally assured performances.
Moving on to de Boer, the former Ajax man said, “he (de Boer) is a good manager but there are other good managers as well so, again, the chairman will make a good decision."
The upcoming World Cup could play a major part in Vertonghen’s future; impressive performances at big international tournaments have often led to big-money transfers to top clubs.
Whilst Tottenham are themselves battling to get into the Champions League, the defender may be enticed by the chance of a move to clubs well established in Europe’s premier competition.
Speaking about the World Cup boosting his prospects, Vertonghen said, "I don't think that is one for us because we all play for nice teams already and we just want to do something nice for Belgium, not for ourselves.”
If the player does stay at Spurs, getting into the Champions League next season may be the minimum that Vertonghen expects in order to commit his future to the club.