I've Never Wanted To Leave Tottenham

Toby Alderweireld insists he always wanted to stay at Tottenham despite exit speculation

Toby Alderweireld insists he always wanted to stay at Tottenham despite exit speculation

And while on worldwide duty, Alderweireld claimed he never wanted to leave Tottenham. He now has just under a year left on his current contract with the club which will no doubt lead to heightened speculation on his future as it continues to run down.

Manchester United's need for a centre-back this past summer was well documented.

United could not match the valuation of the defender, which was believed to be in excess of £50m, and Chelsea and PSG also expressed an interest.

Several names were linked with the Red Devils, with Alderweireld reportedly being the priority for the Portuguese manager.

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"Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham", Alderweireld said.

"Tottenham? They said I wanted to leave, all wrong, it's not true, I want to help the club do something important, and what was written about me in the summer did not correspond to the truth". So, I had to battle to get my place back in the team. "Everything on my future that has been said by the press is not correct".

Alderweireld starred in Tottenham's win over Manchester United and has regained his role as a regular starter after losing it in the second half of last season following his injury. However, the North Londoners aren't out of the woods yet, as far as the Belgian international's future is concerned.

Alderweireld, whose Belgium side made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup in the summer, has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with Mauricio Pochettino's side and it's claimed that his current contract, which expires in 2020, dictates that he will be available for just £25 million next summer. And so, Manchester United could still come back for the Belgian global, although his words suggest he is committed to Tottenham.

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