Toby Alderweireld insists that he is not disappointed to stay at Tottenham after a move to Manchester United failed to materialise
The Belgian centre-back made just 14 Premier League appearances last season after injury troubles and an alleged falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
However, Alderweireld has put his struggles from last term behind him with Pochettino starting him in three of Spurs’ opening four league games.
But, with under 12 months left on his final Spurs deal, Alderweireld had been strongly linked with a switch to United in the last transfer window.
Speaking on the subject for the first time, the 29-year-old quickly dismissed rumours that he attempted to force the move to Old Trafford.
“I quickly came to understand, together with my advisors, that I would be staying put at Tottenham,” Alderweireld said to SportsMax.
“However, I can’t talk about all that was said in a news conference [by Pochettino].
“It is even a personal triumph for me to have got my place back in their team. I worked hard for it. It is not a disappointment for me that I did not get a transfer. I did not want to leave at all costs.
“People said that I wanted to leave the club, but that was not true. Not everything that has been said in the media has been correct. I just try to help Tottenham as I can with the abilities I have.
“The World Cup was good for me. I worked hard and showed what I can do. I’m now on cloud nine with the birth of my daughter, Ayla, and I’m always glad to play for Belgium. So I am happy on all levels.”
Alderweireld played in Belgium’s 4-0 friendly win over Scotland last week and will likely line-up once more in today’s UEFA Nations League opener against Iceland.
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— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) September 9, 2018