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Jan Vertonghen will be a free agent in June, as his contract at Tottenham expires.
The 32-year-old has spent eight years at the North London, and now it seems that he will not extend his stay.
Vertonghen has said that he is weighing up the “pros and cons” of leaving and, even if nothing is decided, Spurs will need to start planning for life after a player who has made well over 300 appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, if the centre-back leaves this summer, Jose Mourinho should find a replacement for him.
So here are six Bundesliga players who could replace Vertonghen next season, with Spurs said to be looking to Germany for signings.
Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig
Upamecano, who has been a fantasy defensive signing for Europe’s top clubs for the last few seasons, is heading towards the final year of his contract and Leipzig may be forced to accept a lower fee or risk losing him on a free.
The 21-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in the Leipzig 3-0 Spurs match at the Red Bull Arena in March to dump the North club out of the Champions League.
Robin Koch, SC Freiburg
The 23-year-old has had unbelievable few seasons with Freiburg, having only left hometown club Kaiserslautern for the Bundesliga in the summer of 2017.
Freiburg manager Christian Streich has described Koch as “a warrior”, which makes him sound like a good replacement for Vertonghen.