Jan Vertonghen broke his silence on his Tottenham omission after finally making his return to Mauricio Pochettino’s side yesterday.
Defender Vertonghen played in Spurs’ 2-2 north London derby draw with Arsenal after being left out of the squad for their opener against Aston Villa and then on the bench for their following two games.
Pochettino explained Vertonghen’s absence against Villa was a ‘tactical decision’ though it later emerged there were concerns about his fitness.
Jan Vertonghen is fully focused on Spurs future despite there being no progress for new deal
Vertonghen said: ‘He (Pochettino) said before the first game against Villa that it was a tactical decision and I respect that decision.’
Asked about the suggestions that his fitness was an issue, Vertonghen said: ‘No, no, no. I came back fit. I played in every pre-season game and I didn’t miss a session.
‘Like the manager explained, it was a tactical decision and we players have to accept his decisions.’
Vertonghen’s current contract runs out next summer and he confirmed there has been no progress on a new deal but admitted being out of the side reminded him how much he loves playing for Spurs.
The Belgian centre half was restored to the starting line-up for the North London derby draw
The Belgian centre-back said: ‘No [news on his contract situation]. I just want to focus on football now. When you don’t play, you realise how important it is and it’s extremely important for me.
‘I’ve been so long with the guys, I love the club and I just want to play as much as I can. I feel great and I just want to help the club to win trophies.’
Spurs were pegged back by Arsenal on the Emirates after racing into a 2-0 first half lead.
Tottenham had surrendered a two-goal lead at the Emirates in a pulsating top flight clash
Vertonghen said: ‘I’m very, very happy to be back. It [the derby] is a massive game for everyone and for myself as well to get back in the rhythm, and it’s a shame we couldn’t win it.
‘I’m experienced and fit enough to get back into the rhythm and it was just the goal [from Alexandre Lacazette] before half-time that gave them the spirit to get back in the game.
‘If we just killed the first half and go into the dressing room with that good feeling it’s a different game.’
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