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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Toby Alderweireld confirms expectation to play for Tottenham in 2019-20

Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld has this afternoon confirmed that, as things stand, he expects to continue plying his trade with the capital outfit next season.

Tottenham standout

Alderweireld, a 30-year-old Belgian international, has been on the books of Spurs since making the move to London from Atletico Madrid in 2015.

The no-nonsense stopper caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs with his stellar showings during a loan spell with Southampton during the 2014-15 campaign, with Tottenham having eventually splashed out a fee of around £12 million to secure his services.

And Alderweireld has since gone from strength to strength, establishing himself as one of the English top-flight’s finest defenders over the last couple of seasons.

Alderweireld contract dispute

However, in a saga that has been dragging on for some time now, Spurs’ attempts to tie their star defender down to a new contract in the English capital have proven completely unfruitful, with little to no progress having been made to this point.

Toby Alderweireld during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Alderweireld’s Tottenham contract was originally due to expire this coming summer.

The North Londoners, though, exercised an option last December to extend the Belgian’s deal by another year:

This decision, however, will see Alderweireld’s buyout clause drop to just 30 million Euro at the end of the season.

Alderweireld’s mindset

As such, links between the experienced stopper and a number of European heavyweights have since inevitably been forthcoming.

The likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and, most-persistently, Manchester United have all been named as keen suitors of Alderweireld.

The Tottenham star himself, however, does not foresee a move away from north London over the coming months.

Speaking in anticipation of his side’s Champions League final showdown with Liverpool on Saturday, Alderweireld was this afternoon questioned on his future.

And the 30-year-old went on to confirm that ‘I have one year left on my contract. So, in my head, I will play for Spurs next season.’

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