Toby Alderweireld has denied that he wanted to quit Tottenham Hotspur this summer, saying the rumours are “not true”.
The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, although the deal didn’t happen with Ed Woodward seemingly unable to come to an agreement with the North London club, who were thought to be wanting around £60 million for the Belgium international.
The defender has less than a year remaining on his current contract, with an option for a one-year extension that includes a £25m release clause.
It was rumoured that the Belgium international wanted to leave the club, but he has categorically denied that to be the case:
“Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham,” Alderweireld told the media ahead of Belgiums UEFA Nations League clash against Iceland.
“That’s not true. This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me. So, I had to battle to get my place back in the team. To be in the first team again is a victory for me.
“I just try to help Tottenham as best I can with my qualities. Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time.”