Toby Alderweireld admits Ajax return is ‘100% in his head’

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld revealed a potential return to Ajax is “100 per cent in his head”.

Alderweireld is one of the four Spurs players to have previously played for Ajax along with Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian centre-back is, in fact, a product of Ajax’s famous youth academy which has produced the likes of Johan Cruijff, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Edgar Davids and Wesley Sneijder.

After nine years in Amsterdam, Alderweireld left in 2013 for Atletico Madrid as a three-time Eredivisie winner. But his time in Spain proved to be a disappointment before Spurs eventually signed him for £11.5m in 2015.

The 30-year-old has since been a revelation in north London following a number of impressive displays for the past four seasons.

And Alderweireld again proved his worth by helping Spurs secure a remarkable 3-2 comeback win over Ajax on Wednesday to enable the club to reach the Champions League final on away goals after finishing 3-3 on aggregate.

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Despite this, however, Alderweireld is open towards the idea of returning to Ajax.

“I don’t want to make too popular statements, but it is certainly 100 per cent in my head,” he told Voetbal International on an Ajax return.

“I have had wonderful times here with three championships, but also lows. But my family was happy here too.”

Despite being strongly linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, Alderweireld stayed put at Spurs.

The Belgium international’s contract was extended until June 2020 in January. But this will allow him to leave Spurs at the end of this season for £25m until two weeks before the transfer window closes.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for Alderweireld, who has made 48 appearances for Spurs in all competitions this season.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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