Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld is set to sign for Qatari side Al-Duhail, according to a recent report from The Telegraph.
The lowdown: ‘Phenomenal player’
Alderweireld has been with Spurs since 2015, and has made 236 appearances in total for the club, but it seems as though he could be heading for the exit door in the near future.
The Belgium international featured for his national side in the European Championships, and his return to Spurs is set to be a brief one.
Alderweireld’s contract with Spurs was set to expire in the summer of 2023, but it doesn’t seem as though he’ll see out that deal with the Premier League side.
Former Leeds United man Noel Whelan previously branded Alderweireld a ‘phenomenal’ player at the club, in an interview with Football Insider last season in December 2020.
“Alderweireld is the best defender at that club. He’s a phenomenal player and it’s great to see him playing so well again.”
The latest: Deal agreed – Personal terms to be finalised
The Telegraph revealed on Saturday morning that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal with Al-Duhail for the sale of Alderweireld.
It is claimed that personal terms still need to be agreed, with the defender’s move also dependent on whether he passes a medical with the Qatari-based side.
The Lilywhites will receive £13m.
The verdict: The ideal time for Alderweireld to depart
It’s certainly a surprising choice of destination for his next club, but we feel the time is right for both parties to move on.
He’s been a fantastic servant to Spurs over the years, and his experience and leadership could leave a sizeable void in their defence moving forwards.
But with younger defensive reinforcements set to arrive this summer, it makes sense for Alderweireld to leave the club this summer in favour of a new adventure.
He’s a tough player to replace – Whelan even claimed he is the best defender at the club – but if the incoming new additions can adjust to their new surroundings relatively quickly then £13m for an ageing defender could look like excellent business.
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