Scouting report: Jan Vertonghen

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Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen has vowed to give his all for the Eredivisie giants, despite continued speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old Belgian international has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in recent months, with White Hart Lane believed to be his most likely destination following the recent arrival of Andre Villas-Boas.

Vertonghen returned to pre-season training with his teammates on Monday, but remains unlikely to be on board when Frank de Boer's side open the defence of their domestic crown against AZ Alkmaar on August 8.

"Of course it goes through my head that there is still no clarity about my future," he explained. "It is difficult and I can't say I don't think about it but that's how it is and I have to adapt.

"For now I play for Ajax and I will always give 100 per cent for them. I am a professional athlete and despite all the issues for me it is simply the beginning of a new season. And that, for me, starts at Ajax.

"It is obviously impossible to say how long these things take, but well before August 31 (the closing of the transfer window) there must be clarity. Until then I will just focus on Ajax."

Whilst the defender's long-term future remains uncertain, there are no doubts about Vertonghen's talent, or the skill-set he could bring to the Premier League next season, after he was filmed performing an outrageous trick during a recent Ajax training session.

Spurs fans will hope that Villas-Boas was watching, but if that doesn't convince the Portuguese tactician to get his chequebook out, or any other reportedly interested parties for that matter, then nothing will!

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