The story of Manchester United’s summer window is the story of a massive failure to land a leader in the heart of their defense. Arguably the side’s biggest need, the arrival of Fred and Diogo Dalot was followed by numerous failures at landing apt targets.
A host of names were considered and even approached for the crucial defensive spot. However, the one that always stood out as a solid possibility was that of Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgian defender was reportedly unhappy with Tottenham Hotspur, and the only thing that allegedly kept him put at the London side was the high valuation placed on him.
The Red Devils refused to meet the atrocious prices Spurs were demanding, and the saga was drawn out till deadline day to no avail. At least that is what was reported.
Now, the man himself has opened up about the reality of the interest. Speaking during his nation’s outing in the international break, 29-year-old revealed: “Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham. That’s not true.
“This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me. So, I had to battle to get my place back in the team. To be in the first team again is a victory for me.”
He went on to add: “I just try to help Tottenham as best I can with my qualities. Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time.”
This is an astonishing revelation, and it will be interesting to see how it affects United’s future pursuits.
It was earlier understood that the Red Devils would revisit the saga next summer, when a stipulation in Alderweireld’s contract would bring his asking price down considerably.
While Spurs are yet to have agreed on a fresh deal for the valued centre-back, this rapport may alter many things.