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Vertonghen´s Spurs deal hits hurdle

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 26 Jun 2012

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Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen says he does not expect the club to reach an agreement over his proposed transfer to Tottenham.

Spurs are believed to have agreed a 9.6 million-pound deal in principle for Vertonghen, but the deal has stalled over the Belgian defender’s right to 15 percent of the transfer fee.

He has agreed personal terms and passed a medical with the north London club, but the deal is under threat as the Ajax board are refusing to pay the 25-year-old his cut.

Spurs sources remain confident that a deal will eventually be reached for the centre-back, who has one year remaining on his contract, but Vertonghen has now suggested he is preparing to return to Ajax for pre-season training at the start of July.

“This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner,” the Belgian told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

“As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on July 2. I’m hoping for a solution, but I’m not expecting a solution.

“I have one advantage: Ajax have got a good coach who knows me. I play in a good, stable squad. Let’s become champions with Ajax for the third time in a row.”

Vertonghen also hit out at leaks from within the Amsterdam club about details of the proposed transfer, particularly his right to a portion of the final fee.

“I’m shocked. The percentage is correct. It’s unbelievable. I know that at Ajax a lot of things are leaking. When you hear it about other football players, you don’t feel it. It’s different when it’s about yourself,” he said.

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