'He is happy and I’m happy with him' - Pochettino on exit-linked Spurs star

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino insists that Jan Vertonghen is happy at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino insists that Jan Vertonghen will not be going anywhere.

The defender has been the centre of speculation that he could be heading out of the club, after he allegedly refused to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane last month, but Pochettino has ruled out an exit.

The Belgian is one of Tottenham's key players and has been linked with the likes of Barcelona in the past, but it seems that a departure is not imminent.

“I never hear from Jan that he wants to leave or change something," he said to London 24. "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.”

With Vertonghen set to stay for the foreseeable future, it gives the club added incentive to reach the Champions League.

The defender is unlikely to be happy, given his talent, with playing football without the potential to play in Europe's elite competition and that must be Spurs' aim if they want to keep him.

Vertonghen is the finest defender that the club currently have and he can be a player Spurs can build their team around, providing he commits his future. 

So far the club have not shown the form needed to make it into the top-four, but there have been some positive signs so, with a small improvement, it is not an impossibility for the Lilywhites to break into the Champions League spots. 

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