New signing Alderweireld: Experience at Southampton will help me at Spurs
New signing Toby Alderweireld believes his season’s loan at Southampton has given him valuable Premier League experience which will help him to be a success at Tottenham.
The 26-year-old defender completed an £11.5million move to Spurs this morning, agreeing a five-year deal after moving from Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
The Belgium international spent last season with Southampton – who were keen to sign him permanently – and starred in a team that defied all expectations while conceding fewer goals than every top-flight team except champions Chelsea.
He told Spurs TV: “I’ve had the experience of playing one year in the Premier League and it was a very good year for Southampton so I feel very confident now about helping the team at Tottenham.
“I think it’s good I’ve had a year in the Premier League, after a year in La Liga, so I know now what to expect, and it will be an advantage.
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“I’m very proud, of course, to become a player of Spurs. I’m very happy to be here, it’s a very big club and it’s always been a dream to play for a club like Spurs. Now that dream is coming true so I’m very happy, very proud and I want to give my best for the team.
“I always give 100 per cent - the rest of my qualities other people can say but I give 100 per cent for the team.
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“I’m a team player and I really want to win, no matter what, so that’s what I do. It doesn’t matter if I play centre-back, right-back or in midfield, if I can help the team I will do it and that’s my motive before the game. For the rest you can ask other people.”
Alderweireld has been reunited with his former centre-back partner Jan Vertonghen, after their successful time together with Ajax - the pair played together between 2009 and 2012 and won back-to-back Eredivisie titles.
The duo are also international team-mates with Belgium, along with Spurs’ Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli.
Alderweireld’s arrival is the latest piece of business in a busy period for Spurs. Lewis Holtby’s permanent move to Hamburg was finalised last week and Etienne Capoue was sold to Watford on Monday, while Nabil Bentaleb and 19-year-old midfielder Harry Winks signed new contracts earlier this week.
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