Toby Alderweireld has dismissed suggestions that the Tottenham players who have entered the final year of their contracts are not committed to the club.
The centre-back and his countryman Jan Vertonghen will be out of contract next summer, as will Christian Eriksen, while the likes of Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama were all heavily linked with exits during the summer transfer window.
Spurs have endured a disjointed start to the season, compounded by embarrassing defeats to Colchester United in the Carabao Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Those results have seen the commitment of the players above called into question.
But Alderweireld insists that everybody at the club is pulling their weight equally as the team attempts to turn their form around, starting with Saturday’s trip to Brighton in the Premier League.
“It is nothing to do with this (the contract situations),” Alderweireld said (via the Telegraph). “Nothing, nothing. I think sometimes it’s a shame that nobody can see the work ethic everybody brings to this club. Everybody’s hungry and wants to work hard.
“We know the results are not the best. We’re not against the press and, of course, things will be critical. After tonight things will be critical and that’s part of top sports, you know, the sport of football. Sometimes you’re up there and sometimes you’re in the corner where you get slapped. But you have to fight a way out of the corner. And that’s the moment we’re in now.”
Regardless of whether Alderweireld is being truthful, it’s unlikely any player would disclose a lack of commitment, especially if they are hopeful of securing a transfer in January or next summer.
We think Alderweireld will keep his place against Brighton – check out our full predicted XI here.