Jose Mourinho revealed he hardly any input in Toby Alderweirald extending his contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
After plenty of deliberating on his North London future, the Belgian defender finally put pen to paper on a deal till the summer of 2023.
Alderweirald has proven to be an integral part of Spurs defence, both under Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho. The 31-year-old packs a lot of experience and defensive dexterity into his game.
Speaking of the centre-half, Mourinho told the press, “I read that he said ‘I couldn’t be happier in another place’. That is the fundamental thing. The only thing I maybe influenced is that he knows my belief in him. He’s played in every minute of every match since I arrived – six games.”
Tottenham’s next mission would be to convince Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen into staying. They are also important players in the Spurs rotation, players Mourinho would like to keep.
“I don’t think it’s a domino effect,” said the Spurs boss. “Every player is a different situation. When players in the last year sign a new contract it must be a union of desires – with the club, the player, the agent, the family and friends. With Toby the expression of desire came at the same time from every person involved.”