Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has insisted that he is not looking to leave the club anytime soon.
The Belgium international has been linked with an exit from White Hart Lane, with suggestions rife that he is not happy at the North London outfit.
Vertonghen is not guaranteed a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up and is subject to rotation.
The 27-year-old centre-back, who can also play at left-back, himself has stated that he wants to play more, but he claims that he is not looking to force through a transfer anytime soon.
“I'm not focused on a transfer,” The Daily Mail quotes Vertonghen as saying. “I really like it over here. I have the feeling that, when everyone's fit, I have my place in the team and I also feel I understand better what the manager expects from me…
“That I play less games than last season is not a problem. The manager wants to keep everyone fit, also with the Europa League campaign. No problem for me. But I feel a regular, even when everyone's fit.”
It seems that Vertonghen is confident about his position in the Tottenham team, and indeed he can continue to be so.
The former Ajax star is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, although in recent months he has not been at his best.
Tottenham do have numbers in central defence, but talent-wise Vertonghen is arguably the best. Losing him, either in January or next summer, could be a blow for Tottenham if they do not sign a suitable replacement.
Vertonghen is happy at Spurs, but it seems that he is not going to make the first move to extend his contract which runs out in June 2016.
“We are not talking about a new contract,” he said. “The club has to take the first step We are now in a busy period, with a lot of games. Talks are often held in periods where there are less games.”
It appears that the ball is in Tottenham’s court. Vertonghen wants to remain at White Hart Lane in the long term; do Spurs want him to?