Toby Alderweireld claims he is under even more pressure to win a trophy at Royal Antwerp than he was at Tottenham Hotspur.

Alderweireld made a total of 236 appearances (Transfermarkt) for Spurs over his six-year spell at the club after arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.

Toby Alderweireld

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The Belgian international was a crucial part of the club’s rise under Mauricio Pochettino, helping the Lilywhites to reach new heights in the Premier League and finish as the runners-up in the Champions League in 2019.

The Spurs team that the centre-back was part of under Pochettino perhaps remains one of the best teams in English top flight history to never win any silverware.

Alderweireld left Tottenham in the summer of 2021 to join Qatari side Al-Duhail and after just one season in the Qatari top-flight, he returned to his native Belgium, signing a contract with Royal Antwerp last summer.

Being a hometown boy, the 34-year-old admitted that he is even more desperate to win a trophy at his current club than he did during his time in North London.

Alderweireld told Het Laatste Nieuws (as relayed by Voetbal Primeur): “I do feel that responsibility, more than at Tottenham.

“I want to make the city and the club proud. It would be a disappointment to have to stop here in a few years without a trophy.

“That’s why I put a certain pressure on myself, sometimes maybe even a little too much.”

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It is a shame that the likes of Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose and Dembele left Spurs without any silverware, given the fantastic service they gave the club.

It is increasingly starting to seem like Lloris and Kane are going to leave the Lilywhites with the same regret.

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