Defender Jan Vertonghen has left Spurs after running down his contract with them.
The 33-year old has not been offered a new deal at the club, and is now available to join a new employer on a free.
The Belgian international moved to Spurs in 2012 from Ajax, for a fee of around £11 million, and went on to make 315 appearances for them, scoring 12 times. He helped his side reach the finals of both the Champions League and League Cup, but ultimately leaves the club without any major silverware to his name.
He was linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, and uncertainty about his contractual situation means that he played only a limited role last season, first under Mauricio Pochettino, and then under his successor Jose Mourinho.
Even though he did not feature in the final league game of the season, the draw with Crystal Palace, teammates paid tribute to him, along with goalkeeper Michael Vorm, who is also leaving the club. Harry Kane said “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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