Jose Mourinho is set to make Toby Alderweireld a fulcrum of his Tottenham team starting from today, Football Insider understands.

The Belgium international, 30, is out of contract next summer and his long-term future at the club is up in the air.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Alderweireld is excited by the arrival of Mourinho, who tried to sign him when he was in charge at Manchester United the summer before last.

The Portugese is keen to build his defence around the centre-back, who he regards as one of the best in the Premier League and one capable of elite performances for a long time to come.

Alderweireld was dropped from the Tottenham side for the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United and the 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade before the international break.

Mauricio Pochettino elected to pair Davinson Sanchez with Eric Dier in central defence for those two matches as Alderweireld joined another contract rebel Christian Eriksen on the bench.

Alderweireld is set to return to the Tottenham team for today’s lunchtime Premier League showdown against West Ham at the London Stadium in what would be the first major selection call by Mourinho.

Spurs are set to be without his fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen once again, as he has been ruled out due to injury.

Alderweireld played the full 90 minutes of Spurs’ first 11 Premier League games this season, as well as their first two Champions League matches, before his omission.

He has been a nailed-on starter for most of his four-and-a-half years at Tottenham, who he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2015.

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