‘Always wanted to be part of the club’s history’ – Ex-Spurs star on his time in N17

Toby Alderweireld
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Ex-Spurs star, Toby Alderweireld has revealed that the club will be with him forever and he always wanted to be a part of Tottenham’s history. 

The Belgian centre-back played six seasons in North London with Spurs before transferring to Qatari club Al-Duhail this summer.

During his time in N17, Alderweireld clocked up 236 games in the famous Lilywhite shirt, scoring nine goals in that time. He even assisted five from the back, largely helped by those raking long-range passes (TransferMarkt).

Although some initial reports claimed that Tottenham had managed to get a rather impressive £13m for Alderweireld, it was later claimed the real figure was actually around £3m. 

In an interview with the official Tottenham Hotspur website this week, ahead of the start of the new season, Alderweireld opened up on his time in North London with the Lilywhites.

The central defender stated that it didn’t feel right to join another Premier League club after his time with Spurs.

He said (Tottenham website): “We conceded 26 goals in 2016/17, the best in the Club’s history, so maybe when I finish my career, I’ll look back at that as a very special time. I was part of it as we wrote our names in Club history, great days.

“I’ve only good memories. There are not a lot of players who stay at a club for six years now. I’m always very loyal, always happy to play.

“I never talk about myself, but maybe now is the moment… I always did my best, and I hope people see that every time I stepped onto the pitch, I gave 100 per cent for the shirt.

“I always wanted to be part of the Club’s history and the Club will be with me forever.”

On leaving for Qatar, he added: “It just felt right. I didn’t want to join another Premier League club. I don’t want to be too romantic, but this is totally different to Spurs. That’s why it feels right. It’s so different, so I can do it.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

The days of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will live long in the memory for Spurs fans. I only wish they could have been rewarded with a Premier League or Champions League trophy. They deserved it so much.

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