Toby Alderweireld has given the strongest indication that his current contract at Tottenham Hotspur will be his last.
The 32-year-old is under contract in North London until the summer of 2023, following the extension he signed late in 2019 (transfermarkt).
Alderweireld’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over the past week with The Athletic claiming that the defender has told Tottenham that he wishes to leave the club this summer.
The centre-back is said to be confident of departing ahead of next season with interest from from his hometown club Royal Antwerp, along with those in Spain and Italy.
In October of last year, his father has admitted that his son move to a club closer to his native Belgium when his contract expires, with the defender having a house built in his home country which is due to be finished in 2023 (Gazet van Antwerpen).
Alderweireld has now revealed that he wants to give his daughter a normal childhood back in Begium for when she will start school in two year’s time and refused to discuss the possibility of joining Antwerp.
“I’ve always said—whether that’s [building house in Kapellen] smart or stupid, I don’t know—that I’ll return for my children,” Alderweireld told Belgium news outlet Sport/Voetbalmagazine.
“Then my daughter will be five [in 2023]. I would like her to start first grade. That’s where you start to get boyfriends and girlfriends, the regulars. I think it is important that we give her and her brother a normal childhood in Belgium.”
“They may be called son or daughter of at first, but that dust will settle. And then we will live as normal as possible. Also, in education. I want them to be happy. To be a real child. Without worries.”
Alderweireld has been a great servant to Tottenham over the last six years with his formidable partnership at the back alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen, but it is now time for a changing of the guard in defence.
At 32, Alderweireld is now in the latter stages of his career while we need a younger backline who can cope with the pace of the top Premier League players.
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