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Re­tired Vorm snip­ping link with old Spurs pals on What­sApp... to con­cen­trate on new life as a bar­ber!

- EX­CLU­SIVE BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON @tomhop­kin­son Sports · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · London · Swansea City A.F.C. · Harry Kane · Dele Alli · Hugo Lloris · Mauricio Pochettino · José Mourinho · Jan Vertonghen · Toby Alderweireld · Christian Eriksen · Utrecht · Joe Hart · Breakfast Club

MICHEL VORM reck­ons the time has ar­rived for him to fi­nally cut loose from Tot­ten­ham’s What­sApp group — and fo­cus on his new life as a bar­ber­shop owner.

The Dutch­man, who spent six years in north London af­ter join­ing Spurs from Swansea, tried to leave the Tot­ten­ham squad’s on­line so­cial group in July when his con­tract ex­pired.

But Harry Kane and Dele Alli were among a num­ber of se­nior stars who begged their old so­cial sec­re­tary to stay in the loop.

He agreed in the sum­mer – but af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment as a player last week, he will now take his leave and let his old pals move on with­out him.

Vorm, 37, said: “As I was no longer a squad mem­ber, I sug­gested I would quit the group What­sApp, but the boys wanted me to stay.

“I have been away from the club for months now and when Joe Hart joined,

I said, ‘Now it re­ally is time to leave the group’. But they all said ‘stay’, and I had to laugh – it is lovely to be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“But it is time to go now, it does not feel good for me to be in­volved any­more.’’

Vorm’s phone has gone crazy with old friends wish­ing him well fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment.

He added: “The words re­ally touch me. They give me the idea that I have been able to help guys, that I have meant some­thing for them. I pre­fer to be re­mem­bered for those qual­i­ties.

“The team-bond­ing nights at my house are my most beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries. I’d or­gan­ise a poker tour­na­ment or a bar­be­cue.

“Ev­ery­one was wel­come and most of the lads would come.” Vorm was due to leave Spurs in 2019 but agreed to stay on af­ter Hugo Lloris was in­jured.

He re­called: “It proved to be a very spe­cial year. I had the joy to be there for the open­ing game of the new sta­dium and we went to the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

“I was lucky to work with Mauri­cio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho, and if I go back a bit fur­ther, I have seen

Harry Kane and

Dele Alli turn into such

grOwN uP Vorm has loved watch­ing Harry Kane’s progress top- class play­ers.” The sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing Covid-19 helped speed up Vorm’s de­ci­sion to re­tire.

He added: “I did not en­joy the world of foot­ball any­more. There is hardly any so­cial con­tact now.

“For years I ran the break­fast club with Jan Ver­tonghen, Toby Alder­weireld, Mousa Dem­bele and Chris­tian Erik­sen.

“Be­fore train­ing, we would all en­joy a good break­fast and sit down and talk. Even that is not pos­si­ble any­more.’’ Vorm lives on a farm and has now started his own bar­ber­shop in his Dutch home­town, Utrecht, which he calls his ‘man cave’.

“I can’t cut hair my­self yet,” he said, “but my dad has been a bar­ber all his life.”

 ??  ?? IT’S BEEN GLOVELY Vorm says farewell to foot­ball... and hello to hair­dress­ing
IT’S BEEN GLOVELY Vorm says farewell to foot­ball... and hello to hair­dress­ing

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