Tottenham Hotspur target Jan Vertonghen has spoken of his desire to join the club as soon as possible, admitting that a failure to complete the switch would be a “slap in the face”.
The Ajax captain's protracted move to White Hart Lane was put on hold, after both clubs failed to agree on a transfer fee.
It was thought that the move could be scrapped, but the 25 year-old has maintained faith that this is not the case, and is hopeful that Tottenham's new appointment of manager will help push the deal through.
As reported by Goal.com, Vertonghen insists that his relationship with the Ajax heirarchy remains healthy, but that after six years in Amsterdam, he is ready for a new challenge.
“Of course I'm happy with the guys here and the feeling with Ajax is still good. But being here gives me double feelings,” he said.
“Staying at Ajax would feel as a slap in the face. Everybody said that I'm ready for the next step. Right now it's a case between the clubs and agents."
While Vertonghen remains firmly in Tottenham's plans, the saga over appointing a new manager has appeared to have subsumed any transfer activity.
The Belgian international has previously stated that he hoped to enjoy a full pre-season with the Spurs squad, rather than join the side once the season was underway, but now believes that he can still fit in the new surroundings with ease, should Tottenham and Ajax agree a deal over the next few days.
“They [Tottenham] will have their first training session on Monday,” he said.
"I've had no contact yet with the new coach [Villas-Boas]. But with my head I'm still at Ajax. I'm the captain, I won't be a rebel."