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Jan Vertonghen could leave Spurs if they don’t make Champions League

Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on February 23, 2014 in Norwich, England.

Jamie McDonald

Jan Vertonghen raised doubts over his future at Tottenham on Monday when he refused to discuss his status if Spurs failed to qualify for Champions League.

When asked about his Spurs future by the London Evening Standard, the Belgian international responded, “those are always difficult questions.”

“What I want is to be playing in the Champions League with Tottenham, so I hope we get in this year,” Vertonghen said. “Do I have a decision to make if we don’t? I can’t say anything about that. Let’s see after the end of the season, after the World Cup.”

Vertonghen arrived at White Hart Lane on a $18.3 million fee from Ajax in July 2012. He chose Spurs after being pursued by a number of competitors, including Arsenal, but in two seasons he has yet to play Champions League. The 26-year-old played in Europe’s biggest club competition with Ajax and predicated his move to Spurs on his desire to do the same in North London.

Since arriving at the club Vertonghen has impressed Premier League opposition with his staunch defense, versatility, and impressive ability to impact the offensive side of the ball. These qualities have convinced many that Vertonghen is one of the best center-backs in the world and the Belgian’s stock could rise even further when he partners with Vincent Kompany in this summer’s World Cup.

Tottenham are currently 5th in the Premier League, six points adrift of 4th placed Liverpool and a berth in the Champions League.

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