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Vertonghen must 'sacrifice' for Spurs

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes central defender Jan Vertonghen must continue to ‘sacrifice’ his favourite role for the good of the team.

Jan Vertonghen opted for a move to White Hart Lane
Andre Villas-Boas said Jan Vertonghen must 'sacrifice' himself for the team.

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Vertonghen has been moved out wide to the left side of the defence as regular left-back Danny Rose continues his recovery from injury.

And despite admitting he knows of the Vertonghen’s dislike of the position, Villas-Boas said the Belgium international must remain in the role for the foreseeable future.

“I have had lots of conversations with Jan regarding this situation,” the Tottenham manager said.

“Unfortunately he has to sacrifice his position as centre-back for the team.

“His position at centre-back is not in question. 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 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.”

Meanwhile, Villas-Boas admitted he is disappointed that Romelu Lukaku did not apologise to Hugo Lloris over their clash in last weekend’s Premier League match.

“I'm disappointed that Lukaku hasn't contacted Hugo,'' the Spurs boss said.

“I don't question Lukaku's integrity or human side. I have maximum respect for him and I think he has for me.

“I don't want to question Lukaku, he's a young player, wonderfully gifted but I think he could have jumped over Lloris.”

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