Jermaine Jenas urges Manchester United to sign Jan Vertonghen following Tottenham exit

Jermaine Jenas has urged Manchester United to sign the former Tottenham defender

Jermaine Jenas has urged Manchester United to sign the former Tottenham defender (Picture: BT)

Jermaine Jenas has urged Manchester United to sign former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen on a free transfer.

Belgium international Vertonghen spent eight successful years at Spurs, playing over 300 games for the club and helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side reach the Champions League final last season.

Vertonghen confirmed his departure from the north London club following the final round of Premier League fixtures and will now look to revive his career elsewhere.

A number of clubs across Europe are interested in signing the 33-year-old and former Spurs star Jenas believes Manchester United should be looking to secure his signature.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I keep touting him around everywhere but I’m sorry, Jan Vertonghen on a free is the best free transfer centre half out there.

‘If you can get Harry Maguire back on the right side and get an actual ball-playing centre-half as a left-sider, that little dynamic may change things for them as well and he’s free.

Jan Vertonghen spent eight successful years at Spurs (Picture: Getty)

‘Manchester United will know what they’re doing, they’ll have a plan but defensively they’re miles off it.

‘I know how good he is. It baffles me when I see him in the stand every week because I know how good he this player is.

‘I’ve played with him, I’ve watched him and on a free transfer, it just makes sense.’

Vertonghen has been a mainstay in the Tottenham team for almost a decade and admitted he was ‘sad’ to be bidding farewell to the club.

‘So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons,’ he posted on Twitter.

‘I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium & of course you fans.

‘Thank you for all the support over the years. You’ve been amazing. We had many unbelievable memories but for now, it’s goodbye.’

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