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.