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Ajax manager Erik ten Hag addresses Toby Alderweireld links

Speaking to Voetbal Zone (h/t Football.london), Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has denied any interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.

The 31-year-old Belgian international came through the youth ranks at AFC Ajax and went on to make 186 appearances for the club before leaving for Atletico Madrid in 2013. After a year in Spain, he spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Southampton before signing for Tottenham in 2015.

Toby Alderweireld has praised Jose Mourinho
Toby Alderweireld has been with Tottenham since 2015

Since then, Alderweireld has grown into one of the most dependable centre-backs in the Premier League. Till date, he has made 217 appearances for us, bagging nine goals and five assists in the process. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Alderweireld signed a new contract with Tottenham in 2019, extending his stay at the club till the summer of 2023. But, that hasn’t stopped speculations linking him with a potential return to Ajax.

However, the Dutch giants’ manager, ten Hag, has dismissed such notions. The Ajax boss insists that the club stays in close contact with a host of former Ajax players, but that doesn’t mean that they are interested in signing them.

“Marc [Overmars] maintains close contacts with all players who have left Ajax, just look at [Davy] Klaassen. At the moment that is not the case.”

Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld spent the early parts of his career with Ajax

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Apart from Ajax, Alderweireld has also recently been linked with a move to arch-rivals PSV Eindhoven. However, given his importance in Jose Mourinho’s team, it is extremely unlikely that Tottenham would sanction a sale in the near future.

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