Toby Alderweireld slams lies over Tottenham exit

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With Jose Mourinho chasing a new defender, speculation continued right up to the deadline, but Alderweireld claims he was never close to leaving north London and was concentrated on winning back Mauricio Pochettino.

The Belgian centre-back, 29, was thought to be nearing an exit with Man United in talks with Spurs but the player has said a move was never on the cards.

But the Belgian has now insisted that he never wanted to leave Spurs and is exclusively focused on fighting for a place in the starting XI.

'Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham, ' he said.

"Tottenham? They said I wanted to leave, all wrong, it's not true, I want to help the club do something important, and what was written about me in the summer did not correspond to the truth".

"At first I struggled to get my place in the team back but being in the first team again is a big positive for me".

Alderweireld's current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, but Tottenham retain the right to extend it by another year. "Everything on my future that has been said by the press is not correct".

Nicol says Alderweireld's comments are good news for Tottenham supporters.

"Now, he could be just saying the right thing and actually hoping that Man United do come back in for him".

Spurs were disappointing in their last game before the worldwide break, when they lost at Watford, and will be keen to bounce back when they take on Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.

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