Alderweireld not disappointed to stay at Tottenham amid Man Utd links

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But, Manchester United were unable to reach an agreement with Tottenham over a transfer fee for the Belgian global.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld's claims he always wanted to stay put at the club have been met with a mixed response.

Alderweireld has been embroiled in a contract standoff with Tottenham for much of 2018.

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The 29-year-old has now broken his silence over the saga, insisting he's happy to be at Tottenham still. "Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham", Alderweireld said at a news conference ahead of Belgium's UEFA Nations League game against Iceland on Tuesday.

'This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me. Finally, the Belgian opens up about the failed move. "That is how I got back into the team".

The Belgium centre-back has less than a year remaining on his current contract, with an option for a one-year extension that includes a £25m release clause.

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The centre-back was quoted as saying by Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad: "That is a victory for me. Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time".

"The World Cup was good and I meant to work hard and show my qualities".

Alderweireld starred in Tottenham's win over Manchester United and has regained his role as a regular starter after losing it in the second half of last season following his injury.

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

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