Toby Alderweireld reveals the truth behind Manchester United's summer pursuit


Toby Alderweireld has claimed that he never wanted to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer despite all the speculation. The Belgian global has iterated that he never wanted to leave Tottenham, and that the rumours suggesting the same were untrue.

The centre-back failed to agree terms over a contract extension with the club and, as a effect, was hotly tipped to join Manchester United this summer.

Alderweireld is back playing as a regular for Tottenham - crucially he has not signed a new contract. But, if Alderweireld is to be believed, rumours of him wanting a move away from Tottenham were untrue, and that he is focused on retaining his place as a regular in the first-team setup.

He said: "Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham".

The centre-back was quoted as saying by Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad: "That is a victory for me".

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Talks between Tottenham and Alderweireld over a new deal broke down last year as Spurs felt that the defender was asking for too much money and he is now in the final year of his contract with the club. "That is how I got back into the team".

'Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time'.

Now I am just trying to help Tottenham to the best of my ability.

Given the fact that £25 million would be considered a bargain for a defender as talented as Alderweireld in the current transfer climate, United could face some stiff competition if they return with a bid for him next summer.