The mother of Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has claimed that she wants her son to return to Ajax, reports HLN.
The Belgian international has been part of the Spurs fold since 2012 when he signed from Ajax.
Since then, the centre-back has become a crucial and solid member of the team, forming a decent partnership with fellow Belgian Toby Alderweireld.
Vertonghen signed a new contract at the North London club in December last year, but his mother Ria Mattheeuws has sparked transfer talk.
In an interview with HLN, she said:
“I hope that he can remain healthy and injury-free, so that he can go further on this level, and if he can not, maybe at a lower level. It would be nice if he could go back to Ajax, but if he doesn’t compete with Tottenham, why would Ajax succeed? With the national team I hope for a World Cup final in Russia, or world champion.”
It is not unusual for players angling for a move elsewhere to have family or friends talk to the media about possible transfers.
However, on this occasion, it seems that Ms Mattheeuws’s comments are harmless and purely an expression of what she wants for her son in the future.
With that being said, family members can be hugely influential in a footballer’s decision-making process and given that Vertonghen came through the ranks at Ajax, there may be a part of him that harbours a desire to return.
At the moment, though, it would not make sense for the Belgian to leave Tottenham as they are becoming genuine contenders for titles and silverware.