AVB: Vertonghen the footballing sacrifice

Andre Villas-Boas admits Jan Vertonghen does not like playing at left-back, but the Tottenham manager insists the Belgian must stay there until Danny Rose has recovered from injury.

I have had lots of conversations with Jan regarding this situation.

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.

"t's a decision I have to make for the best of the team.

– Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas

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