Vertonghen happy with left-back role at Tottenham

The central defender has been played out of position by Andre Villas-Boas recently following injury to Danny Rose, but the versatile Belgian dismissed talk of discontent
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has dismissed speculation he has fallen out with manager Andre Villas-Boas after being deployed at left-back.

Although a central defender by nature, a toe injury to Danny Rose has seen the the Belgian forced to deputise at full-back by the Spurs boss.  

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The Belgium international, who has also played in midfield during this career, insists he is happy to play wherever Villas-Boas instructs him.

"I’m very happy, everything is solved," Vertonghen told Telesport TV.

"There are always words taken out of context and interpreted differently in the press. But I had a good conversation with the manager and everything is okay now.

"I’m happy with my role as left-back."

Tottenham missed the chance to go third in the Premier League following a shock 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane to Newcastle, who were inspired to victory by the brilliance of goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The Dutchman set a new Premier League record by making 14 saves - since records began in 2006-07 - to deny Spurs a vital win and Vertonghen was quick to pay tribute to Krul.

He added: "Their keeper, Tim Krul, played very well. He was the best man on the pitch."

Despite managing 31 shots on goal, Tottenham have struggled to find the back of the net this season with only nine goals in 11 Premier League matches and travel to Manchester City following the international break.