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Jan Vertonghen agrees AS Roma switch

According to a report from Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football.london), veteran defender Jan Vertonghen has agreed a deal to join Italian heavyweights AS Roma after leaving Tottenham.

The 33-year-old ended his eight year association with Spurs after his contract with the club expired at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of 2019/20 season

Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of 2019/20 season

There had been speculations swirling that the Belgian international could end up staying in the Premier League, amidst interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, it seems that he will be plying his trade in the Serie A come 2020/21, having now agreed a deal with AS Roma. (h/t Football.london)

The Giallorossi have been hit hard financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, they are struggling to meet the transfer fee demands for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, who shone bright on loan at the Stadio Olimpico in 2019/20. As a result, they have moved for Vertonghen, who is available on a free transfer. (h/t Football.london)

Vertonghen spent eight years at Tottenham, having signed from Dutch heavyweights Ajax in 2012. During his time at the club, the Belgian international grew into one of the best in his position in the Premier League. He was an integral part in our rise under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, form and fitness issues led to him dropping down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho this past season. In total, Vertonghen made 315 appearances for Tottenham, contributing with 14 goals and 7 assists.

Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian made 315 appearances for Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

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His final appearance for Tottenham came against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, where he made a one-minute cameo. Mourinho opted not to use him in our final two fixtures of the season against Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

During his time at the club, Vertonghen was an exceptional performer. We wish him all the best for what lies ahead!

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