Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on a reunion with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, as he looks to improve his backline.
Zouma has played 22 games in the Premier League under Frank Lampard this campaign, featuring a further 10 times in other competitions, but his future at the club remains unclear.
Mourinho signed the defender during his second spell as Chelsea boss and is a huge admirer of his talents. And he wants to link up with the France international again this summer, according to RMC Sport.
The 25-year-old is among the names Jose Mourinho has handed to the Tottenham board. the Portuguese manager is set to lose Vertonghen this summer window, with the defender’s contract set to expire at the end of June.
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith is convinced Jose Mourinho won’t be bothered about losing the 33-year-old centre-back.
‘Vertonghen is 33 years of age and his best form is behind him,’ Smith told Sky Sports. ‘We saw that in the latter stages of this season so Jose Mourinho won’t be overly fussed if he’s not available and if his mind is elsewhere.
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‘We’ve got to think that most of these players who are out of contract, certainly the most attractive ones to other clubs, they’ll have half an idea at least over where they’re going to go and who’s interested.
‘You could understand if they don’t want to jeopardise that move. Vertonghen’s situation is obviously different to a 22-year-old who hasn’t yet had a career or made his money.
‘Vertonghen just wants to elongate his career, maybe in another country – he’s spoken about learning another language. Only the individual can answer, but I suspect he won’t want to ruin a potential move coming up by playing in a few games.
‘He’s got one of the best attitudes around – we’ve seen that over a number of years in England – but at this stage, you’re thinking about yourself and your family if you get injured.’