Tottenham Hotspur defender, Toby Alderweireld, finally shed light on his own future back in December when he signed a new contract with the North London club (BBC).
Alderweireld had been in the final year of his contract twice at Spurs over the past two seasons, with the club triggering a one-year extension in the 2018/19 campaign.
The Belgian was then seemingly poised to enter the January transfer market with just six months left on his contract at the end of 2019.
However, the club announced a new deal between themselves and Alderweireld on December 20, with the contract keeping him at the club until 2023.
This came just a month after Jose Mourinho took over as the head coach at Tottenham, following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino after five and a half years in charge.
Alderweireld has now shed some light on the situation leading up to his new contract, stating that the appointment of Mourinho sped things up.
He said (Daily Mail): “I guess it looks like I am happier now because the former manager left and I signed a deal. But I was happy back then as well.
“There were a lot of things going on behind the contract but I’ve always been happy at Spurs and will always do my best for Spurs.
“The more options I got the more I had to choose what I wanted and I was just like: ‘I want to stay at Spurs’.
“With a second child on the way I just wanted to stay and when the new manager came in he just asked me if I wanted to sign.
“After that, the process went a little bit quicker because he did some things.
“I don’t know what the club’s tactics were. But when Jose came in it moved a bit quicker.
“For me, Jose Mourinho is an unbelievable people manager, someone who you want to travel eight hours by road to play on a Sunday after your son is born.
“That’s the feeling you get, the feeling I have for him. You don’t want to disappoint him.”
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