Jan Vertonghen will have to remain at left-back for the foreseeable future, Sky
Vertonghen has made clear his discomfort at leaving central defence, Villas-Boas admitted, but with Rose still on the sidelines, the Portuguese asked for Vertonghen to continue sacrificing his usual position for the good of the team. Villas-Boas however added that as soon as Rose is fit, Vertonghen will return to central defence.
“His position at centre-back is not in question,” the boss said. “He is one of the greatest central defenders I have worked with. He knows that and he knows that position is waiting for him whenever we have options at left-back. He has my word.
“He knows that and he knows that position is waiting for him whenever we have options at left-back,” Villas-Boas continued. “He has my word.
“He hasn’t fallen in love (with playing at left-back). I know he doesn’t like it, but it’s no big deal. It’s a decision I have to make for the best of the team.”
Villas-Boas nevertheless predicted that Vertonghen would be stationed at left-back more often in the future, with his national team likely to take advantage of that versatility. “Funnily enough I told Jan I would be the first person on the phone to him when he goes to the World Cup and plays left-back,” Villas-Boas said.
Vertonghen joined Tottenham from Ajax in the summer of 2012 and has made 64 appearances for the club, scoring seven times. His only goal this season came against Sheriff in the Europa League in late October.
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