Toby Alderweireld has informed Tottenham of his desire to leave the club this summer, according to The Athletic.

The Belgian joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015 and immediately became a fan favourite thanks to his imperious defensive performances.

Injuries have somewhat affected his mobility in recent seasons but he has remained a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason.

However, it seems he will not be part of new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans after telling Tottenham he wants to depart.

That’s what The Athletic is reporting, anyway.

Their story claims Spurs will not stand in Alderweireld’s way, which suggests there is a good chance the 32-year-old will make an exit before the start of next season.

He is apparently wanted by his hometown club Royal Antwerp in Belgium, while his former employers Ajax are also said to hold an interest.

Our view? In recent years it seemed certain Alderweireld would leave for an elite club for big money, but now it looks like he will be taking a step down.

In any case, selling him only makes sense if Tottenham sign a couple of established centre-backs this summer to fill the void.



  1. Selling our best defender while keeping dier and sanchez says everything about spurs that is wrong. The two muppets named were only any good last season when paired with Toby. Don’t get me wrong I believe it’s time for Toby to go but to let dier and sanchez stay is just plain crazy. Sell all three but levy will never do that.

  2. This is the cost of toxic management for all that were defending jose until the end last season. Its the same thing as when sherwood was in charge and hugo and jan wanted to go, whilst walker and rose were taking serious abuse from fans ad eriksen was sarcastically smirking at the assertion sherwood was a top manager.

    Now its been toxic jose and the club is probably even more negative now than under sherwood, kane wants out, aurier and alderwireld want out. Son says he’ll give us another season. Alli will no doubt want out at the earliest opportunity to go

    This why I cant wrap my head around nuno or paratici coming in, both staunch counter attacking people. When eriksen switched off in feb 19, we had no back up and went into freefall. Instead of replacing eriksen and dembele at the earliest opportunity and trying to kick on from there, we made counter attacking signings (lo celso and ndombele) and removed ourselves from the innovative top club conversation to start building backwards. Now we’re basically selling off our air force to buy more diggers to dig more trenches. Next season we’re going to continue to come unstuck against crystal palace, wolves etc because they are perfectly happy to play for a point and try to nock a game on the counter and we will continue to have no answer for that.

    In a very short space of time the club has deliberately dismantled everything poch instilled at the club.

  3. Losing Vertonghen was bad enough. Losing Alderweireld who has been our most consistent and effective player for many years is a disaster.

    Mourinho never gave Vertonghen a chance. On the rare occasion that he did pick him, he only ever played him as a left back. I think there was only one game where he played him as a centre half. That is one of the many ways in which Mourinho killed the morale in the Spurs squad.

    It is possible that Mourinho had never forgiven Vertonghen for a game in the past where Mourinho claimed that Vertonghen had cheated and was very angry about it.

    Mourinho is cunning in his psychology and can really mess players up, while hiding what he is doing.

    Not giving Foyth a proper run in the first team was another way in which Mourinho destroyed Spurs defence.

    If Nuno resorts in the future to a Mourinho style of anti football, then I will stop watching Spurs. I will give him a chance and back him for now and hope that Spurs play proper football.

    If we could play the kind of football that we used to play under Harry Redknapp then I would be very happy.


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