Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld responds to transfer talk after demand from Manchester United fans
United have prioritised a transfer for Leicester City star Harry Maguire this summer but previously showed interest in the 30-year-old who in recent years has become one of the Premier League’s most consistent defenders.
AS Roma have been heavily tipped to sign Alderweireld — though United fans view him as a cheaper alternative to Maguire as the Reds look to solve their problem position at centre-back.
The player himself is ignoring speculation and looks to be focussed on the task ahead with Mauricio Pochettino‘s side. Asked if he believes he will still be a Spurs player at the start of the season, the Belgian told the Daily Mail: “Yes. That’s my focus. In football everything can go quick but all I’m doing is focusing on Spurs and being fit for the start of the season.”
The defender has a clause in his contract that means he is available for just £25million — potentially less than a third of the price United may pay for Maguire — this summer and he’s been heavily linked with an exit.
But he remains committed to Tottenham for the next season at least, with 12 months to go on his contract. Alderweireld even wore the captain’s armband during a dramatic 3-2 win for Spurs against Juventus in pre-season on Sunday. They face United in Shanghai on Thursday for a pre-season friendly.
“I think the manager knows I am committed to the club and the team but you never know in football,” Alderweireld added.
“A game like Sunday (versus Juventus) I was captain — so that shows the manager has trust in me and I’m showing the right attitude.
“I want to say one thing. My focus is on Spurs and I try to deliver the job I need to do — I’m happy and that’s it. In my head I will be playing for Spurs.”