Toby Alderweireld has reiterated his commitment to Tottenham while admitting anything could happen before the transfer window closes.
The Belgian has been heavily linked with Roma in recent weeks but a deal doesn’t appear to be close as he was handed the captain’s armband for Spurs’ 3-2 friendly victory over Juventus on Sunday.
Manchester United have also been credited with an interest, though the Red Devils look set to complete a deal for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire and so may not require Alderweireld’s services.
With that in mind, there is a good chance the defender will see out the final year of his contract at Tottenham, a scenario he has suggested he would be fine with.
However, Alderweireld has hinted that a move could come about before the summer transfer window closes next month.
“My focus is on Spurs and, in my head, I will be playing for Spurs,” Alderweireld said (via ESPN). “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 football, everything can go quick, but all I’m doing is focusing on Spurs and being fit for the start of the season.
“I think the manager knows I am committed to the club and the team, but you never know in football.
“I was captain against Juventus [in Singapore] so that shows the manager has trust in me and I’m showing the right attitude.
“From day one, I do what I need to do. I am happy and. I think that is the way the manager wants us to play, to give everything to the team and work hard and that’s it.
“I am here, I work hard and do what needs to be done and it’s tough because preseason is tough.
“I do my best. Like in every club I’ve been at, from day one, I do my best.”
Alderweireld has a release clause of £25 million in his current contract but no club appears to have triggered it yet, despite the fact the 30-year-old would improve just about any squad in Europe.
The Premier League Panini Tabloid is a special commemorative newspaper sticker collection celebrating the exciting new partnership between the greatest league in the world and the legendary name in football publishing, Panini. Get yours by clicking here.