Premier League transfer target has expressed a desire to move to Milan…
Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen says it would be impossible to turn down Milan if they made an offer for his services.
The Belgium international, who was close to securing a move to White Hart Lane before the deal broken down over a €20 million fee, still has one year remaining on his contract but is expected to leave the Dutch club this summer.
Spurs were thought to be in pole position to secure his signature and Vertonghen reportedly visited White Hart Lane to watch Tottenham play Fulham at the weekend.
The centre-back claims he is still entertaining thoughts of joining Milan, having been lavished with praise by the club’s chief executive Adriano Galliani during the group stages of the 2010/11 Champions League.
“I was struck by his words of appreciation after the game,” Vertonghen is quoted as saying by MilanNews.it. His words made me blush.
“I like the Premier League, but if Milan call you, you cannot say no.”
Vertonghen, who has been capped 36 times by his country, joined Ajax from Belgian club Germinal Beerschot in 2003. He has made 155 league appearances for Ajax since debuting for the first team in 2006.
He is expected to leave Holland this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs vying for his signature, but it appears that Milan are now his preferred destination.