Jan Vertonghen has at least mentioned Newcastle in an interview he has recently given to NUsport.
Jan Vertonghemn – Newcastle play good football
In an interview with NUsport Jan has said there are more clubs than just Tottenham Hotspur after his services in the summer, and he mentions both Arsenal and Newcastle United as other clubs interested.
We know Arsenal are interested, and by the looks of the Arsenal defense this season, they need him badly, but Newcastle have also been linked with the player several times.
And with the heroics of Newcastle this season, and their fantastic world-renowned fan base, Newcastle must be an attractive club for any player to join at the moment.
And yes, maybe there’s just a little hint of bias there. 😀
In a recent interview with Dutch website NUsport, this is what the 6’3″ 36 times capped Belgium International center-back had to say:
“I have a choice. There’s something happening with Tottenham, but there are other clubs interested.”
“In England, there is a growing realisation that you can go far with good football. Arsenal started it and now you also see clubs like Newcastle United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur playing good football”
“For me, it is important to get regular playing time. I also need a stable club”
Yes, we know he says that Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City play some good football too.
That’s an interesting comment about wanting regular football, and he could get that at Newcastle, so we wonder if he’s really thinking of joining Newcastle.
He could be just £7M in the transfer market, because he has only one year left on his contract at Ajax, and he will definitely move in the summer.
But Jan also talks about wanting Champions League Football :
“The Champions League, I really do not like to miss that. The semi-finals gave me goosebumps. That you weigh all of them and decide about your future.”
It would be a coup if this lad signs for Newcastle, and while we have other good center-backs lined up, he may be Newcastle’s first choice – if we can get him.
Jan has played 213 times for Ajax with 27 goals.