IT’S HAIR TODAY... GONE TOMORROW
Retired Vorm snipping link with old Spurs pals on WhatsApp... to concentrate on new life as a barber!
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.”