It wasn’t difficult to read between the lines of Toby Alderweireld’s recently reported comments. It’s clear that the centre-half, on loan at Southampton from Atletico Madrid, has a thing or two to learn about the feral British media.
The Telegraph quoted Alderweireld saying:
“I would like to play with Jan Vertonghen again…but a transfer will be arranged later, not now. Atletico will decide my future, but I would like to stay in the Premier League. That some of the big clubs show interest proves I’m doing well.”
Elsewhere on the internet, Football365’s version of the quote was even more juicy, and revelatory regarding potential contact between the 26-year-old and his Belgium teammate Vertonghen’s employers Spurs:
“It would be very nice to play again with Jan…but that is very far. The interest has yet to be concrete and finally Atletico must let me go. Maybe they want me back in Madrid. I have to wait for the calls after the season.
“A transfer will be arranged later, not now. Atletico will decide my future, but I would like to stay in the Premier League. That some of the big clubs show interest proves I’m doing well.”
Having turned out alongside Vertonghen for his country and with Ajax between 2008-2012, during which time the pair picked up a couple of Eredivisie titles, it seems Spurs are the object of Alderweireld’s affections.
With that in mind, bwin.com’s 3/1 about the 6ft2in Saints regular signing on at White Hart Lane before the start of September seems too good to be true.
As was stated on these pages not too long ago, both Miranda and Diego Godin are blocking Alderweireld’s route to a centre-back berth at the Vicente Calderon, as they were when he moved to the south coast just under seven months ago.
The Antwerp native would also have a seemingly-impossible task in dislodging Juanfran at right-back, where Alderweireld can play, yet has only done so for Saints once in 18 Premier League appearances.
None of the aforementioned Los Colchoneros trio are much over 30, so it stands to reason that Alderweireld will find himself in the same position during the upcoming transfer window as he did last summer.
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