Report: Mourinho was influential in persuading Alderweireld to pen new deal

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham confirmed earlier today that Toby Alderweireld has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club that runs till the summer of 2023.

This comes as great news for Spurs and puts an end to months of speculation linking Alderweireld with a move away.

The Evening Standard have now revealed that new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho had a key role to play in convincing the 30-year-old to sign the new £150,000-a-week contract.

The Belgian international has started every game since Mourinho arrived at the club last month and has seemingly returned to his best.

The report claims that Mourinho had always been a big fan of Aldeweireld and previously tried to sign him when he was at Manchester United. It is suggested that the 56-year-old’s arrival has helped the centre-half make up his mind.

It is further revealed that the defender’s family are well settled in London with Alderweireld’s wife also expecting a second child.

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Given how long this saga had dragged on for and considering how many often Mauricio Pochettino spoke about the need to rebuild the squad, it would have been hard to see Alderweireld signing a new deal if the Argentine was still in charge. So Mourinho’s appointment has clearly had a major influence on the defender’s decision.

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