TOTTENHAM have confirmed the departure of defender Jan Vertonghen and goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
The two players are leaving the club following the end of their contracts. Jan Vertonghen spent eight seasons at the club after arriving from Ajax for £8million in 2012. He is now 33 and probably past his sell by date, that is why Spurs never gave him the extended contract he wanted. He made 315 appearances in all competitions, getting 14 goals. He has also become Belgium’s most capped player, writing up 118 international caps.
Vorm leaves us after his second spell at the club since first arriving from Swansea back in 2014. He made 48 appearances in total but is now a free agent.
The outward pair both signed short-term extensions in June to take them through to the end of the extended Premier League season. They are both now available on free transfers as they await new clubs.
An official statement on Tottenham’s website read: “The Club can confirm the departures of Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm following the conclusion of their contracts.”
Harry Kane bid a moving farewell to his team-mates after their last game together – the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday. He tweeted: “Wish nothing but the best for @JanVertonghen and @Vorm_Official with whatever is next for them. Been a pleasure sharing a dressing room and playing with them both.”
Jan Vertonghen confirmed his departure by tweeting: “So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons. I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium & of course you fans. Thank you for all the support over the years. You’ve been amazing. We had many unbelievable memories, but for now, it’s goodbye.”
Goodbye and thank you Jan for all you have done for us.