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.