Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has appeared to fire a dig at his boss Mauricio Pochettino claiming the Argentine manager’s decision to drop him from the team last season was ‘unjustified’.
The 29-year-old defender saw injury problems hampering his last season’s first half. However, after coming to his full fitness since last November the Belgian centre-back still found minutes in the first team hard to come by as he lost his place to Davinson Sanchez.
It is believed that Pochettino left out the defender from the starting spot because the player was embroiled in a contract wrangle. The centre-back apparently rejected a contract extension worth around £120,000 a week with Spurs and since has been linked with Manchester United.
Although the manager later denied such claims and suggested this had nothing to do with the player’s refusal to sign a new deal at the club as it was more of a tactical decision and fitness.
Alderweireld started just three Premier League games from January onwards for Spurs however in the World Cup for his national side, he didn’t look troubled by his old injury and started in all but one game, guiding his team to a third-place finish.
Now speaking about his successful World cup campaign the defender has fired a sly dig at his manager and insisted that he was waiting for the opportunity to prove his wrong exclusion from the club team.
Alderweireld said: “I was very focused on [the World Cup]. I wanted to prove something again. Show that the period before the tournament in which I did not play – for whatever reason – was unjustified.
“I wanted to show that I am still the same Toby as in November.”
Toby Alderweireld mentioned on Saturday that he’s likely to start the pre-season with Tottenham. No concrete offers on the table at the moment.
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However, while talking about his future the Manchester United target suggested that his future is still unclear and he is in the dark about what might happen next ahead of the transfer window closing on August 9.
Alderweireld added: “I still have to talk with my agent, but at the moment I’m assuming that I’ll start training with Spurs after my holidays.”
“I have another two years’ contract.
“Tottenham decides about my future. Of course I have my own idea, but that is not the case now.”
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 defender is now reportedly prized around £70million by Spurs.