Toby Alderweireld brands Tottenham starting line-up omission 'unjustified'

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2018

Alderweireld's club future still to be resolved.

The central defender was a mainstay of Belgium's run to the semi-finals, and played 90 minutes as the Red Devils sealed third place, beating England 2-0 in the play-off.

Alderweireld has been one of the Premier League's best defenders since arriving at Southampton on loan from Ajax in 2014, before making a permanent switch to Spurs 12 months later.

The transfer window closes on August 9th this summer, which is on the eve of the new campaign, so United have just under four weeks to get the proposed transfer over the line before the summer window slams shut.

"Physically there was no problem, because it was just my only major injury from my career".

The centre-half appeared to aim a dig at his club manager, suggesting his omission from the Spurs first-team was "unjustified" before insisting he has firmly addressed any doubts over his long-term fitness.

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Furthermore the Iranian global has to ability to play anywhere along the front three and is equally capable of playing with both feet, two traits which led to Spurs' interest in Malcom in the first place.

'I wanted to prove something to me, show that the period before the tournament in which I - for whatever reason - did not play, it was unjustified.

Jose Mourinho has already snapped-up goalkeeper Lee Grant, right-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred so far this summer but the United boss knows he needs to further add to his squad if they're to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

"I wanted to show that I'm still Toby, same as in November".

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