Jan Vertonghen will not be returning to Ajax next season. The Belgian defender was linked with a return to his former club after his contract has expired at Tottenham Hotspur, but both the Belgium international and Ajax have now confirmed that Vertonghen will not return to Amsterdam.
“Ajax will always have a special place in my heart. But for me it has never been an option”, Vertonghen told during an interview with Sporza. “I have always said that I am not planning to fight for a spot with my good friend Daley Blind, who has been performing admirably on the position.”
Later on Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars confirmed Ajax did not make a move for their former captain. “We have confidence in our players Sven Botman and Lisandro Martinez on that position. And then again, Jan is not a left full-back. He should always be playing in the heart of defense and we have these positions well covered.”