Jan Vertonghen has said he is 'happy' at Tottenham Hotspur, following the revelation that he will not be signing a new contract at the club, according to The Guardian.
Not signing new deal
There were rumours, led by Mustapha Nakhli, the defender's agent, that a new long-term deal was on the cards, but Vertonghen has now said those negotiations have ended.
He said, "I am not signing, no. We agreed not to.
“I would prefer not to say why. I still have four years left. I am happy at the club and I think they are happy with me. That’s where it ends.
“I am very happy, we have a good manager, we have a good team and a lot of good players.
“The squad is very big and you have to work hard to play every game and I hope I am playing again soon.”
A move away from Spurs looked likely in the summer but never materialised, much to the delight of fans. He has recently been on the sidelines of the squad however, as new boss
Mauricio Pochettino has been rotating the squad. He was restored to the team and played well in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest earlier in the week.
Clearly unhappy about his involvement at the start of the season, he said: “I want to play in the biggest games. That is what you are a footballer for.”
There have been rumours of an issue between Pochettino and Vertonghen, although the 27-year-old also made a move to dismiss any doubts in the relationship between himself and the Spurs boss.
“He is working well with a lot of videos and individually he talks a lot with the players,” he said.
“He is a manager who expects a lot from players. We work hard and that is good - it will pay off in the end, I think.”