Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen plays down Tottenham Hotspur talk

Jan Vertonghen denies reports suggesting the Ajax defender has already agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer

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Jan Vertonghen insists he is "still an Ajax player" Photo: Paul Blank

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Jan Vertonghen has rejected reports suggesting the Ajax defender has already agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent months, with Spurs and north London rivals Arsenal reportedly leading the chase for the centre-half.

Vertonghen hinted that he could be on his way to a English club in a matter of days at a news conference on Friday held ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2012 warm-up game against England.

“I am a big fan of the Premier League,” he said. “It is almost the only competition I watch on TV and for me it is the best competition in the world.

“I would like to play in the Premier League. I am not in contact every day but I think it could be very close now, maybe a couple of weeks or maybe days.

“I probably know which team I will be going to. I know where I want to go and I think it is clear to everybody.” And when asked if that club is Tottenham, he said: “Yes.”

His words sparked reports claiming he has already agreed a move to White Hart Lane – but he soon took to Twitter to confirm that a deal is yet to be reached.

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