‘Vincent Janssen Joked We’ll Be Team-Mates’

Joel Veltman says he will consider leaving Ajax this summer amid reported interest from Tottenham.

The centre-back has a year left on his contract and is said to be high on the Premier League side’s list of transfer targets for next season.

A three-time Eredivisie winner with the capital club since working his way through their youth system, Veltman was a key player at right-back in 2016-17 as Ajax reached the Europa League final.

Although Veltman suggested he could stay after his side’s defeat to Manchester United in Stockholm, the recent departure of Peter Bosz to Borussia Dortmund after a dispute with the club has created uncertainty.

The 25-year-old admits he now sees more reason to look for a new club this season, but he will not rule out signing a new contract.

“Vincent Janssen has already joked that we will be team-mates, but at the moment there is nothing concrete,” he said after Netherlands’ 5-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday.

“Normally it is or sign a new deal or leave, as I have only one year left. After my holiday there will be clarity, but the incentive to take a step up is now bigger than before.

“The offer is a nice signal from Ajax, they want me to stay, but maybe it’s a great time to look elsewhere. But I have to find the right club.

“Nothing is concrete just now. I’m waiting for it and I’m not in a hurry.”

The Dutch are third in World Cup qualifying Group A after winning Dick Advocaat’s first game in charge, with Sweden and France sitting three points clear after the former beat Les Bleus with an injury time winner.

Oranje visit France in August in their next game, and Veltman feels confident after his side’s big win.

“It was a fairly easy victory, though we had to wait for opening goal,” he said. “Although this is a good result, we saw Sweden’s result and we have mixed feelings.

“We can still be first. A good result in France is very important.”

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