Alderweireld open to Ajax return after end of Tottenham spell

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed he is open to returning to Ajax in the future, speaking to De Telegraaf via Sky Sports.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side are on the brink of major changes and they could see a number of departures within their squad as plenty of key figures are linked with exits for a variety of reasons heading into the January window.

Amongst those is Toby Alderweireld, who sees his current deal come to a close at the end of the campaign and, although Tottenham have an option to trigger an extension, doing so would see a very cheap release clause of £25m become active.

Spurs could, therefore, look to cash-in on the Belgium international in January and Alderweireld has now said he would be open to returning to former club Ajax, speaking to De Telegraaf via Sky Sports.

What was said?

“Never say never. At this moment in my career I don’t think about that yet. I think I can go on for years at this level. If I ever did, it is not to take it easy.

“I do not want to be 36-years-old and can hardly walk. When I return, I certainly want to leave something. And not only in the dressing room. Of course it is close to home in Belgium and I have a bond with the club, because I played football at Ajax for eight years. Achieving championships, the third star, experience.”

A January option?

At 29, Alderweireld is in the prime years of his career and it is extremely unlikely he would return to Ajax in January when he is likely to attract plenty of interest from top clubs around Europe in the coming months.

For Spurs, a return to Ajax would be ideal as it would not see the Belgium international move to a rival Premier League side but they would be unable to command the sort of fee from the Eredivisie side that they would be looking for.