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Oscar rules out Tottenham as Vertonghen deal moves step closer
- Updated: July 6, 2012
New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas wanted the Brazil international to replace Luka Modric with the Croatian playmaker expected to sign for Spanish champions Real Madrid later in the summer.
Villas-Boas has already signed Hoffenheim’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and has been been linked with Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra but Oscar is rumoured to be high on his shopping list.
However the 20-year-old says he has no intention of leaving his current side after he revealed the North London club has been in contact with his agent to enquire about his availability.
“Tottenham did contact my agent but I am focusing on Internacional,” said the former Sao Paulo playmaker.
“That will always happen. I don’t know if there was an official offer. But for those that are young and impress a bit, this is normal.
“I can’t worry about this. I’m not thinking about leaving Internacional now.”
The disappointment of Oscar’s snub will be soothed by the news that Vertonghen will hold talks with Ajax on Friday in order to resolve the dispute holding up his transfer.
Tottenham have agreed a £9 million fee for the Belgian central defender and it’s understood that he is entitled to a percentage of that, which the Dutch club disagree with.
Vertonghen is in the final year of his contract at the Amsterdam Arena and is keen to join Spurs and is hoping to settle the issue when he meets with Ajax representatives.
“We have a meeting with Ajax at the end of this morning to come to a solution,” read a statement from Nakhli Mondial, who represent Vertonghen, in Friday’s De Telegraaf.
“There is some movement and we have the intention to come to an agreement.”