Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen has been forced to play out of position at left-back for much of this season. [Reuters]

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen claims that he is now happy to be used at left-back after holding talks with manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Just last week the Belgian had stated that he was unhappy at being a "stop-gap" option at left-back and was keen to be used more regularly in his more natural position at centre-back.

Vertonghen excelled in a central position last season after moving to White Hart Lane from Ajax but this year has been forced to cover on the left on several occasions due to injuries to Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton.

Villas-Boas acknowledged that Vertonghen was unhappy but stated that he must "sacrifice for the team" at a time when there are few alternatives available.

Now Vertonghen claims that his comments were simply blown out of proportion by the media and that he has explained himself to the Spurs manager.

"The media always take statements out of context and interpret them completely differently", Vertonghen to Telesport TV.

"But I had a good talk with the coach and everything is fine now. I am happy with my role as a left-back."

The 26-year-old had excelled in the 0-0 draw with Everton two weeks ago but was unable to prevent Tottenham from failing to a 1-0 home loss to Newcastle that saw the north London club drop down to seventh in the league.

Vertonghen was bitterly disappointed with the result but was quick to praise the performance of Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul who set a new Premier League record by making 14 saves.

"Their keeper, Tim Krul, played very well. He was the best man on the pitch," admitted the Tottenham defender.

Spurs will be keen to get back to winning ways after the international break but it will certainly not be easy as they travel to the Etihad to play Manchester City on 24 November before facing Manchester United just one week later.