Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that he is focusing on his football and has left the task of sorting out his contract to his father and agent.
Alderweireld has been a revelation in the Premier League since his move from Atletico Madrid to Tottenham a few seasons ago, impressing with solid performances at the heart of the backline for the North London club and in the process, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
The Belgian defender had shown promise during his time at Southampton in a loan spell back in 2014 and the 28-year-old has perhaps surpassed all expectations after making a permanent move to Tottenham in the following year.
Spurs have certainly benefitted from the Belgian’s growth and it is no surprise to see their recent success coinciding with the signing of the talented defender.
Alderweireld has formed a solid partnership with his former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen in central defence and the Belgian duo have provided the base to help Tottenham become a establish force in the Premier League.
Despite his evident importance for Tottenham, the ball-playing-defender’s future has been the subject to intense speculation in recent weeks, after the ex-Ajax star’s agent demanded Spurs to reward the defender with an improved contract or let him leave.
Now Alderweired has spoken about his contractual situation and stated, “I am trying to focus on the pitch, trying to help the team, give my quality on the field – that’s important and the rest will come,”
“I have my father and my agent who are sorting out that kind of thing. Me, I am here to play football, to win things with Spurs and to give my best for the team. I did that from day one and I will do it now as well.”
Alderweireld has it all as he is strong in the air; times his tackles brilliantly and most impressively, has an impressive passing ability. The Belgian can spot a pass and this ability has helped Spurs launch attacks from the back, which is an added bonus to his defensive abilities.
This has made the Belgian a very important part of the high pressing football that Tottenham employ and it will be imperative for Spurs to tie him down to a new contract in order to continue their progress towards becoming regular Premier League title contenders.
Spurs have had a mixed start to the season so far and while there were reasons to cheer in their recent home victory against Dortmund, they faltered in Wembley once again after drawing against Swansea City on Saturday.