Jan Vertonghen



Jan Vertonghen was born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium on 24 April 1987. Primarily a central defender, he is also able to play as a left back or as a defensive midfielder when necessary. Vertonghen's main attributes are his tackling, his reading of the game and his technique. In addition, he is also able to pose an attacking threat of his own, often creating chances for team mates, or hitting powerful shots with his favoured left foot.

Having started out at VK Tielrode, Vertonghen moved to Germinal Beerschot's youth team in 2000, before joining the world-renowned Ajax academy in 2003. After working his way up through the system, Vertonghen made his debut for the senior side in the first half of the 2006-07 season, but spent the second half of the campaign on loan at RKC Waalwijk in order to gai...

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