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Alderweireld has a point to prove ahead of the new season

of Belgium of Panama during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Panama at Fisht Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

Tottenham and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld believes his lack of playing time towards the end of last season at Spurs was ‘Unjustified’.

Alderweireld has just returned from international duty with Belgium, after being an integral part of Roberto Martinez squad which finished 3rd at the World Cup in Russia.

The 29-year-old was unable to break back into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans in the second half of last season, following a long spell on the sidelines with a serious hamstring injury.

He has played just 3 games for Spurs so far in 2018 and the centre-back believes his omission was unfair.

According to the Daily Mirror, Alderweireld said: “I was very focused on this tournament. I wanted to prove something to me, show that the period before the tournament in which I – for whatever reason – did not play, it was unjustified.”

“I wanted to show that I’m still Toby, same as in November.”

Many experts and pundits believed that Pochettino left out the former Atletico Madrid defender due to his reluctance to commit his long-term future to the club, amid speculation that Manchester United were keen on securing his signature.

This summer those rumours have reared their head once again, with some reports suggesting that United are prepared to table a £55 million bid.

When pressed about his immediate future, however, Alderweireld remained tight-lipped, adding: ” “I really know nothing. In my head, I’m just going back to Tottenham. We’ll see.”