Speaking exclusively to Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen, via Sport Witness, the father of Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that Tottenham’s long-serving ace plans to play closer to home and has already bought land in Ekeren – with the possibility of a contract renewal potentially looking slim.
Alderweireld, who signed a new contract until 2023 in late December last year (BBC), doesn’t look like he will be extending his stay beyond that time according to this huge hint from his father.
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Indeed, as per Gazet, the centre-back’s chance of playing closer to home is ‘real’ if he hasn’t found a new club or been sold off before his contract expiry – with his brother also claiming he would ‘love‘ Alderweireld to return to Belgium.
Tottenham take on Royal Antwerp in the Europa League tonight, with the 6 ft 1 ace, of whom Paul Robinson said ‘he is a leader’, speaking candidly in Spurs’ press conference last night over the regret of there being no Belgian supporters in the stadium.
Playing closer to home could be a real motivation for Alderweireld as per his family’s revelation, and Tottenham face losing him at some point in the near future.
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Lauded as ‘superb’ value for money by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, the 102-cap international has been a mainstay in the Spurs defence ever since he signed for the club back in 2015 from Atletico Madrid.
However, with the signing of Joe Rodon and potentially more defenders in future, Alderweireld’s future in the team looks set to fade – with the 31-year-old now reaching his twilight years.
Regardless, his presence behind the scenes as a leader and motivator will still be surely missed.
In other news: Paul Robinson is waxing lyrical over ‘amazing news’ for Spurs, find out more here.
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