Tottenham Hotspur will not be selling star defender Jan Vertonghen to Barcelona this summer, Mirror reports.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has told Vertonghen that there is no chance he will be leaving White Hart Lane for Barcelona, with manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to keep the Belgian star.

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At the moment Tottenham are in negotiations with the 27-year-old over an improved £60,000-a-week contract, hoping for an agreement with just two years left on Vertongen’s deal.

The former Ajax ace has been underscrutiny of late, with fans in the belief that Vertonghen is focused more on his personal career than the squad.

However newly appointed head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Vertonghen is essential to his first-team plans for next season.

Vertonghen played an important role in their march to the World Cup quarter-finals, before losing out on finalists Argentina via a penalty shoot-out.

Meanwhile current Ajax boss Frank de Boer insisted the was close to taking the Tottenham hotseat, stating: “I was really close to a move to Tottenham.

“It works at a club just like a business: it is voted on, and finally they have come to the conclusion that they wanted Pochettino.”

 

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