Jan learning from competition
Jan Vertonghen says he is taking lessons from the players he will be competing with for a first-team spot at Spurs this season.
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Last Updated: 25/07/12 10:08am
Tottenham new-boy Jan Vertonghen says he is taking lessons from the players that he will be competing with for a spot in Andre Villas-Boas' first team this season.
Vertonghen is currently in the United States with Spurs on their pre-season tour after arriving at the club from Eredivisie champions Ajax earlier this month.
The Belgium international played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday's 1-1 friendly draw with LA Galaxy, starting alongside Younes Kaboul at centre-back before Michael Dawson stepped in to partner him for most of the second half.
Manager Villas-Boas has no shortage of options at the heart of his defence, with William Gallas and Steve Caulker also at his disposal.
Vertonghen believes trust will be crucial for whichever partnership the boss opts for this season and is hoping to be a regular performer.
He told Sky Sports: "We have to create a feeling that we can trust each other and we're working on that in training and during the games.
"I've played with Michael Dawson, Gallas and today with Kaboul and they're great defenders. I'm learning from them."
The 25-year-old added: "(Pre-season is) very important, especially these games and playing 90 minutes.
"You have to be fit for the Premier League, it's a totally different league to the Dutch league.
"That's why I'm working on it. I'm training every day and doing my best and I hope I can play a full season."
Vertonghen is enjoying life at Spurs so far and is hoping he can make it a home away from home after coming through the ranks at Ajax.
He said: "I've played nine years at Ajax and that was like home. This is different. I hope I can get the same feeling in a few years.
"Everybody is very down to earth. They are helping me with everything and I like the guys. It's a normal team with normal guys and that's what I like.
"I feel good here. Great lads, good manager and I feel good at Spurs right now."