Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham defender says he signed new deal out of 'loyalty'
Last Updated: 05/01/20 12:08pm
Toby Alderweireld insists that loyalty, rather than money, is what saw him extend his stay at Tottenham.
The Belgium international signed a new contract at Hotspur Way in December, ending speculation over his future, by securing a new deal until 2023.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: "Financially the club made a good effort that showed me they really wanted me so that gave me respect.
"I could maybe earn a lot more somewhere else, but then I chose loyalty, that's worth something as well.
"I talked to my wife, we have a second kid on the way. First of all, I asked her: 'What do you want?' She said she's happy to stay, she loves it here, but that I can choose whatever I want.
"That gave me the opportunity to explore everything that I wanted."
Jose Mourinho took charge of Spurs a month prior to Alderweireld making the decision to stay at Tottenham.
The centre-back says he has enjoyed working for the 56-year-old since his arrival and believes the squad can progress under his tenure.
"We had a good connection with the manager before. We achieved a lot of big things. And it's the same now - everyone believes in what Jose says and thinks and how we need to play," he added.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has urged Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen to follow their team-mate Alderweireld in committing their futures to the north London club.
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