In his press conference on Friday, Jose Mourinho played down his role in Toby Alderweireld’s decision to sign a new contract with Tottenham.
Alderweireld had been set to leave on a free transfer next summer before agreeing terms on a new deal that runs until 2023 earlier this week. The club appeared resigned to the Belgian’s exit while Mauricio Pochettino was in charge, so Mourinho has been credited with convincing Alderweireld to stay put by some.
Despite the current Spurs boss dismissing those suggestions, there is reason to believe his presence had some sort of effect on Alderweireld’s decision. Or, rather, Pochettino’s exit played a part in the contract renewal.
According to the Athletic, Alderweireld “felt drained by Pochettino’s methods by the end of his tenure”. It is believed a number of players had become bored of the Argentine’s instructions, but this is the first time we’ve seen a specific member of the squad named.
Put simply, it looks like Pochettino’s departure did have something to do with Alderweireld’s new deal. At the same time, it would be foolish to suggest it was the only reason behind the centre-back’s choice.