Alderweireld speaks out after speculation he has told Tottenham he wants to quit
By Harry Sykes
Toby Alderweireld has revealed he is “very happy” at Tottenham amid reports he is weighing up whether to quit the club.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio revealed on his personal website on Wednesday that Alderweireld had told Spurs chiefs he does not want to sign a new contract.
This has prompted speculation the White Hart Lane defensive kingpin could leave as early as the summer in what would be a shattering blow to the club.
The Belgium international, 28, has a contract worth a reported £50,000-a-week that runs until 2019, although Spurs have an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
Alderweireld moved to dampen fears he could quit in an interview published 24 hours after the Sky bombshell.
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“When I signed, it was for a number of years and I am very pleased with how things are going now,” the Belgian told the Evening Standard. “It is an honour to play for Tottenham. I’m very happy to do so.”
Alderweireld has been one of the outstanding defenders in the Premier League since joining the north Londoners in the summer of 2015 and has been integral to the team transformed from underachievers into a Champions League calibre outfit under Mauricio Pochettino.
The centre-back was a shock exclusion on Thursday from the PFA team of the season, although four of his teammates are included, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Tottenham head into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showdown against Chelsea on the crest of a wave following a remarkable run of seven consecutive Premier League wins.
Spurs have not taken a significant prize since claiming the Carling Cup in 2008, but Pochettino’s team are in the hunt for a momentous league and cup double.
Tottenham face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday and are also four points behind the League leaders with six games remaining.
Alderweireld feels confident about the future at the ambitious north London club
He told the Standard: “With this team, and with the people working for it, we will get a trophy — 100 per cent. If it is not this season, then it will be the one after. We will do everything we can to make it happen this season.
“Sometimes it is all about details. Last season we didn’t win the League (Spurs were beaten to the title by Leicester) but we kept going. This season we already have 71 points — one more than we got in the whole of last season.
“Even with the disappointment of last season we have kept fighting, and this season we are in an even better position”
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.