Toby Alderweireld was never close to leaving Tottenham this summer

Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United

One of the longest-running stories of the 2018 summer transfer window was that Toby Alderweireld was going to sign for Manchester United.

United were certainly in the market for a defender and it is highly likely Alderweireld will have been a name they will have looked at.

However, Alderweireld did not move to Manchester United this summer, nor did United sign a single centre-back.

‘This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me’

But speaking in a recent interview, Alderweireld claims that he was never really close to leaving Tottenham at all this summer.

“Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham.

“That’s not true. This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me.

“So, I had to battle to get my place back in the team. To be in the first team again is a victory for me.

“I just try to help Tottenham as best I can with my qualities. Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time.”

Toby Alderweireld

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Jesse Lingard of ManchesterUnited during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Alderweireld regains his starting spot

After a summer of uncertainty, Alderweireld looks to be back as a regular starter for Tottenham.

The Belgian did have a place on the bench in Spurs opening day 2-1 win vs Newcastle United.

But since then, Alderweireld has started every game for Spurs.

The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes as Tottenham beat Fulham 3-1.

Alderweireld then started vs the club closest linked with him, Manchester United as Spurs won 3-0.

Alderweireld then played 81 minutes in Spurs most recent game as they lost 2-1 to Watford.

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