Jan Vertonghen says Tottenham are serious contenders for the Premiership title this season. "I am delighted to be here," he told Spurs TV. "Over the last years Spurs have become a very big club in England.

"They finished in the top four a few times and for me it was one of the best clubs in the Premier League and that is one of the reasons I wanted to come here.

"There is a lot of quality and I think everybody wants to make a good season.

"Last year in the first six or seven months, they were up there for the title, the championship.

"After that it was not that well, but this year I think we will compete a few more months longer."

The 25-year-old is just pleased to finally be a Spurs player.

"I wish the Premier League started tomorrow," he said.

"I have to wait a bit longer but I am looking forward to starting and playing for Spurs.

"I am very excited. It has been my favourite competition for so many years.

"All the Belgian players I play with in the national team are very positive about it and I am looking forward to playing against them too."

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