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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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