Report: Spurs star Jan Vertonghen determined to stay at White Hart Lane this summer

The Belgian defender has ruled out leaving Tottenham this summer.

Jan Vertonghen has reportedly told the press back in his homeland that he is staying at Tottenham, according to a report by the London Evening Standard.

There has been much debate about the Belgian's future at Tottenham after contract talks last summer reached a stalemate.

His deal expires in June 2016, meaning that if the club expect him to leave and wish to recoup some of the money they spent to bring him to White Hart Lane in 2012, they would have to consider a sale this summer.

But the LES have reported him as telling Belgian outlet Sport Wereld that there is no chance of a departure before the start of the new season.

“I think I'll stay,” the 28-year-old is quoted as saying.

“That’s one of those typical rumours doing the rounds every summer. There's no way I'm leaving.”

Vertonghen had a fantastic first season at Spurs, making the Premier League team of the season, before having a more difficult time last year as injuries impacted his form. This last season he has managed to stay fit, featuring in 47 games for Tottenham, and has been the regular central defensive option for Mauricio Pochettino. But there remains the possibility he could leave for nothing in 2016.

However, this week he was saying that Spurs had to keep hold of Hugo Lloris, according to quotes in the Guardian, so perhaps the former Ajax man is considering staying longer term.

Spurs signed 22-year-old Austrian international defender Kevin Wimmer this summer, a left footed defender like Vertonghen who some could argue has been lined up as a replacement for the Belgium star, but it looks like the Red Devil is staying put in North London, at least for one more year.

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