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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has hinted at a possible exit from White Hart Lane if the club does not qualify for the Champions League.
The centre-back insists he won’t make any decision until after the World Cup, but he admits he can’t guarantee that he will still be in north London should the club fail to finish fourth or higher in the Premier League.
Tottenham HotSpurs‘ 1-0 defeat to Norwich on Sunday left them six points behind Liverpool who currently sit in fourth place. Tim Sherwood’s side will have the chance to reduce the deficit when they travel to Anfield in March but they also face difficult games against Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Lilywhites have only taken one point off the current top four teams all season, and Vertonghen admits that the club’s form must change dramatically if they are to qualify.
Vertonghen joined Spurs from Ajax for £9.6m in 2012 and he has formed a formidable partnership with Michael Dawson at the heart of the Spurs defence.
However, he is obviously looking to the future and wants to return to Europe’s elite competition and has yet to rule out a move away from the club this summer.
“Those are always difficult questions,” Vertonghen told the Evening Standard.
“What I want is to be playing in the Champions League with Tottenham, so I hope we get in this year.
“Do I have a decision to make if we don’t? I can’t say anything about that. Let’s see after the end of the season, after the World Cup.”