Jan Vertonghen ‘happy’ to continue playing at left-back for Tottenham

Defender Jan Vertonghen insists that he is happy with his role at left-back for Tottenham this season

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Jan Vertongthen has been playing at left-back in recent games Photo: The Sport Review

Jan Vertonghen has insisted he is happy with his role at left-back for Tottenham this season.

The Belgium international, who joined the north London side in an £8m deal from Ajax in 2012, has been deployed on the left side of defence following to injuries to Danny Rose and Zeki Fryers.

It had been claimed that the 26-year-old was unhappy at being played out of his familiar position in the heart of Tottenham’s defence.

But the centre-half insists that he is more-than-willing to play on the left after talking to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas about the situation.

“There are always words taken out of context and interpreted differently in the press. I am happy with my role at left-back,” Vertonghen said.

“I’m very happy, everything is solved. I had a good talk with the coach and everything is fine now.”

Speaking last week, Villas-Boas singled out the defender for special praise at his willingness to be deployed on the left.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Jan regarding this situation,” Villas-Boas said.

“Unfortunately he has to sacrifice for the team in that position. His position as a central defender is not in question. He’s one of the great central defenders that I have worked with.

“He knows the [central] position is waiting for him whenever we have other options at the left-back position. He has the trust and confidence from me.

“The reality is sometimes you have to sacrifice for the best of the team.”

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