Spurs boss rules out signing left-back in January

Spurs have been strongly linked with a move for Real Madrid ace Fabio Coentrao. Spurs are short of options at left-back following an injury to Danny Rose.

Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen has been forced to provide cover at left-back in Rose’s absence.

When asked about signing a new left-back in January, Villas-Boas said: “No, I don’t think so.

“Danny Rose is still out but making good progress on his injury so we’re looking for a two or three-week period now finally for his return.”

He added on Vertonghen: “He is a central defender – one of the best in the world. Unfortunately, due to the situation at the moment, he has to sacrifice himself at left-back.

“He knows that as soon as Danny Rose comes back, the place as a centre-back is his again. The good of the team is more important at the moment.

“We understand he is making a sacrifice and that is why we respect him and have made him captain at times this season. But there is no problem.”