DEFENDER Jannik Vestergaard insisted being linked with big clubs was “always a pat on the back” but said his full focus remained with Saints.

The Danish centre-back has been in stellar form for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men this season, playing 21 times in the top flight.

Tottenham have been linked with the 28-year-old, with the north London outfit considering a move for him, according to the Mirror.

But speaking to Tipsbladet about the speculation while on international duty, Vestergaard said: “I can only say that, of course, it’s always a pat on the back with stories of interest from other big clubs.

“But right now I have a contract with Southampton so, it’s not something I can talk about.

“I focus on the matches in the Premier League, on the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and now the important matches with the national team.”

Vestergaard joined Saints for £18million from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018.

It is understood his current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022.

He is set to feature for the Danes in a Word Cup Qualifier against Israel tomorrow (5pm) and is likely to head with Kasper Hjulmand’s side to the Euro 2020 finals this summer.

“Our results speak for themselves,” said Vestergaard, when speaking about the national setup.

“And the strength of the squad is impressive with many players from the best leagues, where we are matched week after week at the highest international level.

“It can really be a super exciting 2021 for the Danish national team and for all Danish football fans.”