What’s been said so far?
“We have reached agreement with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar for the transfer of Toby Alderweireld,” Tottenham announced in a short statement.
“Toby, now 32, made 236 appearances for Spurs during his six-year stay.”
He also has 113 Belgium caps, having played in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as the 2016 and 2020 European Championships.
“We wish Toby all the best in the future,” Spurs said. Why did the club decide to let him go?
Alderweireld wanted to leave Tottenham and the club was willing to let him go if he received a suitable offer, with new managing director of football Fabio Paratici seeking to add more centre-backs this summer.
As he shown for Belgium during Euro 2020, Alderweireld still has the ability to thrive at the highest level.
He was also an important member of Jose Mourinho’s temporarily unbeatable defense, which helped Spurs capture the Premier League title in November and December.
Nevertheless, his lack of speed has been exposed at times in recent years, and he may not be suited to the dynamic, more front-footed style that new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and Paratici want to play.
To Spurs, how significant of a loss will he be?
Tottenham will face a difficult task in replacing him as manager.
Alderweireld is one of the most well-liked members of the squad, and one of the few surviving links to the Mauricio Pochettino teams who won the Premier League in 2015-16 and the next season, respectively, and then reached the Champions League final two years ago.
Alderweireld rapidly established himself as one of the greatest centre-backs in the Premier League after joining from Atletico Madrid in 2015.
One of the mainstays of the great Pochettino teams was his chemistry with compatriot Jan Vertonghen.
Who else was curious about him?
Alderweireld was also attracting interest from clubs in Italy and Spain, as well as his local club Royal Antwerp.
There had also been talk of a return to Ajax in the past.
(MB Media/Getty Images/Sebastian Frej photo)
Toby Alderweireld Of Tottenham Joins Al Duhail In Qatar
What’s been said so far?
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