Pochettino denies two big rumours over Vertonghen's failed Spurs captaincy bid

Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has opened up over the reported failed captaincy bid from Jan Vertonghen.

After appointing Mauricio Pochettino in place of Tim Sherwood this summer, Spurs have enjoyed an impressive start to the season under the Argentine, claiming three wins from their first seven games of the Premier League season to take sixth place at this early stage of the campaign.

Pochettino may have had a fairly quiet summer transfer window in comparison to Andre Villas-Boas a year earlier, but he did oversee the sale of defender Michael Dawson to Hull City. The experienced centre back didn't figure in the plans under Pochettino and it seemed an easy decision to let him go - but his departure left it's own conundrum.

Dawson was Tottenham captain, and his exit meant that Pochettino had to pick his first skipper at White Hart Lane. In mid-September, former Southampton boss Pochettino appointed French centre back Younes Kaboul as the captain, with Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor as vice captains.

The surprising choice prompted speculation over why Jan Vertonghen wasn't considered. The Belgian centre back recently turned down a new contract in North London, whilst rumours also suggested that his fellow Spurs team mates told Pochettino not to hand the armband to Vertonghen, but the manager played down both rumours.

"I pick the captain," said Pochettino. "My decision was to give the armband to Kaboul and to decide that the vice captains are Adebayor and Lloris."

And, when asked if he was snubbed because of his contract situation, Pochettino responded; "No, it is not about that."

The debacle over Vertonghen's contract continues, and it would be little surprise to see him sold in either January or next summer if this continues.

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