Tottenham Hotspur will not sell Jan Vertonghen at any price this summer, with manager Mauricio Pochettino determined to keep hold of the Belgium international, according to a report.
Vertonghen has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane for much of the summer, with Barcelona reportedly ready to pounce.
The 27-year-old’s agent, Mustapha Nakhli, did little to calm these rumours, after declaring that his client was of interest to a host of top European clubs.
However, Pochettino is insistent that the 27-year-old will stay at Spurs, as he considers him one of his key players after taking over the managerial duties.
Sky Sports are also reporting that, contrary to Nakhli’s claims, there have been no concrete offers for Vertonghen’s services so far this summer.
And, even if there had been, securing the Spurs defender’s services seems like a tough task, with Pochettino determined not to sell and Vertonghen himself already confirming that he is not looking for a move.
Indeed, Vertonghen appeared impressed by Pochettino even before formally meeting him, as he took the time to ring him while out at the World Cup.
"I take this opportunity to thank him for the phone call that he made to me, saying to focus solely on the World Cup at the moment,” he said.
"I was very impressed by Southampton in the last two years, from their style of play and the manager. I think it's a great appointment for Tottenham."
Vertonghen made 23 appearances for Spurs in the Premier League last season and is considered among their finest defenders so it understandable why the club are aiming to keep hold of him as they prepare to try to breach the top four in the upcoming campaign.
The Belgian international was made to pay for his versatility last season, though, as he was often made to cover in Spurs’ problem position at left-back, rather than consistently being utilised as a centre-half.
Pochettino and he will be looking to avoid a similar scenario this campaign, and the Argentine manager has already been linked with a number of defensive acqusitions to ensure that it isn't the case again.
Among the more interesting and credible of these rumours are the reports linking Spurs to signing to Southampton’s Dejan Lovren and Swiss youngster Ricardo Rodriguez,although both deals are a long way off at this stage.