Toby Alderweireld Issues Spurs Pledge

Toby Alderweireld Issues Spurs Pledge

Toby Alderweireld insists he never wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer as Manchester United chased his signature. The Belgium centre-back has less than a year remaining on his current contract, with an option for a one-year extension that includes a £25m release clause.

United were interested in signing Alderweireld in the summer, but failed to agree terms with Tottenham over a deal. There were also suggestions that Alderweireld was pushing for a move, something he has moved quickly to deny.

“Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham,” Alderweireld said. “That’s not true. This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me. So, I had to battle to get my place back in the team. To be in the first team again is a victory for me.

“I just try to help Tottenham as best I can with my qualities. Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time.”

Alderweireld was an unused substitute for Tottenham’s opening-day victory over Newcastle, but has since started the following three matches after being reintegrated into the first team by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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