Tottenham transfers: Jan Vertonghen doesn’t want out, insists Spurs boss
Mauricio Pochettino says Belgian is an important part of Tottenham squad
Mauricio Pochettino insists Jan Vertonghen has not expressed a desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur.
The Belgium international was omitted from the starting line-up at The Etihad, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City.
I never hear from Jan that he wants to leave or change something
Spurs had opened talks with the former Ajax captain over a new deal but discussions are believed to have stalled in recent weeks, prompting reports of a possible January exit.
However, Tottenham manager Pochettino is adamant that Vertonghen is an important part of his Spurs squad, moving to end speculation suggesting the defender could leave.
“Jan is an important player for Tottenham and for us,” Pochettino said. “There are a lot of rumours and information and different situations, and for me it’s easy because I don’t read, never.
“I know the players are sometimes affected by comment or rumours and they call me about the rumours but Jan is a very important player for Tottenham and for me.
“We played Arsenal and Southampton and then we had the international break. [Younes] Kaboul and [Federico] Fazio worked very hard here and are fresh and I gave them the opportunity to play [against Manchester City], but I haven’t changed my view on Jan. For me, he is a very good player and he is a key player for us.
“I never hear from Jan that he wants to leave or change something. It is impossible to hear or to trust in other people around him because, for me, it is important when we have a chat inside my office – Jan never told me he wants to leave the club.
“I have trust in my player and Jan never told me about that. He is happy at Tottenham. Maybe sometimes he wants to play more but my decision is to take a decision. He is happy and I’m happy with him.”
Vertonghen, who has two years remaining on his current Spurs deal, moved to north London from Ajax in 2012.