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Tottenham defender Vertonghen rejects Barcelona rumours

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has played down reports linking him with Barcelona.

The Belgium defender's agent suggested several clubs were interested in the 27-year-old, including Barcelona, whose influential centre-back Carles Puyol retired this summer.

"Rumours will always be there, but I just go back to Tottenham," Vertonghen told Belgian talk show Vive le Velo.

"Interest from a great club like FC Barcelona pleases me of course - this is confirmation that you're doing well.

"Where there's smoke, there's fire, they say, but for the moment there is certainly no fire."

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