Toby Alderweireld says he’s “focused” on his Tottenham Hotspur career amid speculation linking him with a move away this summer.
The 30-year-old Belgian central defender has entered the final year of his Spurs contract which includes a £25m release clause that expires on July 25.
A near-ever present since joining from Atletico Madrid in July 2015, the Ajax academy graduate only missed four Premier League outings last season and played in Spurs’ first Champions League final against Liverpool.
For much of the 2018/19 campaign he was being associated with a departure, in fact last summer it was being reported that Jose Mourinho was keen to bring him to Manchester United, but he never came close to leaving the north London club.
Ahead of the new season Alderweireld captained Spurs in their first pre-season friendly against Juventus, which Mauricio Pochettino’s men dramatically won 3-2, and post-match, it was put to the Belgian if his future is with the Lilywhites.
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“I’ve always said, I’m focused on Spurs and trying to deliver the job that I need to do,” he said.
“In football, everything can go quick but my focus is on Spurs and to be ready for the start of the season.
“The manager knows that I’m committed to the team and to the club. Today I was made captain which shows the manager’s trust in me.”
Where does the future of Alderweireld lie? Five key things to know…
- Alderweireld joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for a reported £11.5m.
- He’s gone on to make 159 appearances, registering six goals and three assists.
- Alderweireld’s present deal expires in June 2020, which has a £25m release clause inserted that expires on July 25, 2019.
- AS Roma have been heavily linked with signing him this summer.
- Alderweireld says he’s “focused” on Spurs and is preparing to represent them next season.