According to an interview he has conducted with The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen, rated at €28m (£25m) according to Transfermarkt, insists he made the right decision when he decided to choose Spurs over their north London rivals Arsenal in 2012, ahead of their latest meeting at Wembley on Saturday.
The Mirror says that the Belgium international received offers from both clubs, but he opted for Tottenham and he believes his decision has been vindicated by the shift in power in the last couple of seasons, even though he is yet to win any silverware.
That could of course change this season with Mauricio Pochettino’s men progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup and having qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, where they face Juventus over two legs – starting in Turin on Tuesday night.
Vertonghen said, via The Mirror: “It was as close as it can get. My agent went to Arsenal, I wasn’t there myself but it was very respectful and in the end I had to make a choice and I chose Spurs.
“I chose Spurs and I think it’s turned out well. I felt I was joining a great team, with great plans and the personal chats I had with people at Spurs were great and I followed my instinct, my gut feeling and that’s it.”
Tottenham finished above an Arsene Wenger Arsenal team for the first time since the Frenchman took charge in 1996 last season, and they know they can extend their gap over their arch-enemies to seven points with a victory at Wembley on Saturday.
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