Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has described Tottenham centre-half Jan Vertonghen as a role model, speaking to Life After Football.
The Belgian international used to play for Ajax himself, where de Ligt came through the ranks and the teenage sensation apparently viewed Vertonghen as an inspiration.
He said: “The defender I looked up to the most was Jan Vertonghen. At Ajax he was number four and captain. I was a big fan of Jan Vertonghen. I still am. I think he was my biggest role model.”
Vertonghen and de Ligt of course also went head to head in the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League, where the teenager showed what he could do by netting against Spurs.
And during a summer when de Ligt could well be on the move with Paris Saint-Germain now leading the race for his signature according to ESPN, those quotes have got many Spurs fans excited.
The chances are that Tottenham wouldn’t pay him anything close to what he wants, but that hasn’t stopped many fans encouraging him to come to north London.
Come and play along side him then matthijs de ligt
— K (@d4ff033e883743d) June 17, 2019
Matthijs you know what to do pic.twitter.com/cqarnYtMwx
— George (@george_flashman) June 17, 2019
I think he would be a legend at spurs.
— Mark Grant (@MarkGra90619749) June 17, 2019
— Jords (@GorgeousJords) June 17, 2019
— HoustonP (@_tradingpennies) June 17, 2019
Is he interested in us aswell? 👀 Oh my lord
— MysticzxD (@DMysticzx) June 17, 2019
— Mel Maunder (@oldscientist) June 18, 2019
well he could play along side him then lol
— kev green (@kev_g1) June 17, 2019
De Light will find his way to Spurs to partner Sanchez just like Toby did with Jan.All these big clubs that want him at 19 will end up frustrating him for game time.They have experienced CBs
— Juliet Lubega (@ucragirl) June 17, 2019
— Mission ImPOCHible (@BenHotspur) June 17, 2019
Come join us, Matthijs!!
— Darren Richards (@DLRLilywhite) June 17, 2019