Man United & Toby Alderweireld
The Manchester Evening News have reported on Tuesday morning that United are interested in signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.
Unfortunately for Man United fans, there’s little of substance in the article to make supporters believe the transfer is more than likely to happen.
When relaying the transfer rumour, M.E.N’s language seems significant. They say United have “shown interest” in Alderweireld and they are “monitoring” the situation at Spurs.
That’s hardly concrete stuff.
Alderweireld is out of contract at Spurs in 2019, although Tottenham have an option to extend that deal for another 12 months.
Alderweireld misses Juventus vs Tottenham
The stories about Alderweireld joining Man United come as the Belgian has been left in London for the Juventus game.
Reading between the lines, Alderweireld appears to ben keen on returning to action for Spurs.
Indeed, he marked his return from a hamstring injury against Newport in the FA Cup.
But he’s since gone on to miss two of Tottenham’s biggest matches of the season: Arsenal at Wembley, Juventus away in the Champions League.
When Mauricio Pochettino was quizzed about Alderweireld’s whereabouts on Monday, the coach was clear in his decision:
He is 28 and it was a massive [hamstring] injury that we needed to care and be cautious [about], because we cannot put at risk his career.
He needs to work hard. I think to play these type of tough games you need to be 200 per cent.
Of course we are sorry for him for missing games like Arsenal or the Champions League [because] we work a lot to try to play this type of game. I can understand. And we are frustrated too because when you cannot play it is difficult to accept.
We need to apply our common sense and be careful in the way we are going to use him in the first few weeks after he is fit for training. But to compete is different.
Mauricio Pochettino angrily responding after being asked why Toby Alderweireld wasn’t selected today.
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 10, 2018
Mauricio Pochettino isn't about to "risk" the career of Toby Alderweireld by rushing him back from injury. pic.twitter.com/ADK94nQBZT
— Goal (@goal) February 12, 2018