Tottenham Hotspur’s central defender Jan Vertonghen speaks highly of Ajax’s training methods, acknowledging the level of fearlessness and perseverance instilled in its players in the ripe age of six. The former AFC Ajax player rose through the ranks and has appearances in 220 games for the Dutch club, after moving to Tottenham in 2012, the 32-year-old Belgian player will be going head to head against his former team in the Champions League.
Vertonghen owes a lot of his performance and development over the years to Ajax and sheds light on the intensive training the Dutch club conducts for young aspiring footballers. “That’s what they do, always, when you’re six or seven years old, you start and you’re in the best team in the league. Always.” The Belgian says.
Back in 2003, Vertonghen admitted he was initially skeptical about joining the Dutch club from Beerschot AC in Belgium, but has since been quite confident about the transformation he’s gone through in the Dutch club to the player he is today. He also mentions Ajax motivation to stay excellent and prepare young players for success, starting them on challenging training sessions in their teens.
“They just prepare everyone for the highest level. Then the kids that come on, because they almost are kids when they’re 18, 19, and making their debuts at 17 sometimes, they are ready.” Vertonghen adds.
Tottenham goes head to head with Ajax in the Champions League semi-final leg tomorrow at the Amsterdam ArenA.
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