Southampton star to reject Spurs to stay

Toby Alderweireld has revealed that he’s desperate to stay at Southampton beyond his current loan spell, despite interest from other clubs.

The Belgium international joined the Saints from Atletico Madrid last year after failing to establish himself with the La Liga champions in his debut campaign.

And having impressed on the South Coast as a part of the Premier League’s meanest defence, the classy centre-back has attracted the attention of other sides, including Tottenham.

The Lilywhites are believed to be keen on partnering Alderweireld with compatriot Jan Vertonghen at the heart of their rearguard, with a summer bid for the Atletico man on the cards.

However, the £6m-valued star is keen to remain at St Mary’s as he loves the club and their supporters:

“If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here,” he is quoted by Goal.

“It’s not up to me. Atletico could decide that they want me back. I have two years left there so it is difficult for me to answer the question.

“I’m enjoying the Premier League, I’m enjoying playing for Southampton – I love the club and I love the supporters.

“We’ll see, I am enjoying it here and my mind and focus is on Southampton.”

Alderweireld featured for his country at last summer’s World Cup and has been praised for his ability to fill in on either side of a four-man defence.