Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pochettino denies Vertonghen rift rumors

Pochettino denies Vertonghen rift rumors
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied reports he has fallen out with the clubs defender Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen has been a first team regular since joining Spurs in 2012 from the Dutch side Ajax, however has been in and out of the side since Pochettino’s appointment.

The Belgian wasn’t in the starting XI for Spurs’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, before appearing as a substitute following the sending off of Federico Fazio in the second half.

Despite selecting Fazio and Younes Kaboul ahead of Vertonghen, Pochettino has insisted the defender is a key player at White Hart Lane.

“Jan is an important player for Tottenham and for us.

“But a lot of rumours and information and different situations, and for me it’s easy because I don’t read it. Never.

“I know the players are sometimes affected by comment or rumours and they call me about the rumours but Jan is a very important player for Tottenham and for me.

“After the Arsenal and Southampton games, we had the international break. Younes Kaboul and Federico Fazio worked very hard here and are fresh. I gave them the opportunity to play but I haven’t changed my view on Jan.

“For me, he is a very good player and he is a key player for us. I never hear from Jan that he wants to leave or change something.

“After 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 that never Jan 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.”

Vertonghen has spurned the chance to extend his Tottenham contract, with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United linked with a move.

Spurs face the Greek side Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League on Thursday evening, before a home game with Newcastle United on Sunday in the Premier League.

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