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.”
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.