Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has hinted that his future could lie at White Hart Lane, despite continued speculation that Manchester United are seeking his services.
Spurs have been in talks with the Belgium international for some time but as yet no resolution has happened, and with his contract starting to run towards its end, the club will have to decide whether to let it run its course or cash in on him while they still can.
Alderweireld arrived in London from Atletico Madrid in 2015, having impressed in a loan spell with Southampton prior to that. He has gone on to make more than 100 appearances in his three seasons at Tottenham thus far, and has transformed into one of the best defenders in the world in that time.
The central defender only featured 14 times in the Premier League last season though, with the club exploring options beyond his time at the Lane, and with the emergence of Davinson Sanchez, were Spurs to cash in their asset they already have a replacement in place.
Jose Mourinho has been keeping an interest on the Belgian for much of the campaign, and is expected to launch something of a bid for his services in this transfer window, but Alderweireld gave the impression that he could remain at Tottenham beyond this summer when quizzed about it.
“Yeah, why not?” Sky Sports quote him as saying.
“I have two years left on my contract. I don’t know what is going to happen.”
Alderweireld is an extremely popular player among the Spurs faithful, and the hint he has dropped will be welcomed by all of them who want the defender to remain at the club.
The centre-back will hope to spend the next month away at the World Cup, where he and his Belgium teammates have a genuine chance of glory on the big stage. Tottenham fans will be hoping he is still their man upon his return.