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Alderweireld: I wasn’t close to United move

Alderweireld: I wasn’t close to United move

He was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, but it emerged that the Red Devils did not make a serious play to land him during the transfer window. The Belgian global has iterated that he never wanted to leave Tottenham, and that the rumours suggesting the same were untrue.

He stressed that not getting a transfer this summer was never a disappointment for him as he did not want to leave the north London club.

Manchester United's need for a centre-back this past summer was well documented.

Alderweireld only has one year left on his current contract but the club has an option to extend it for another year, with a £25million release clause. Jose Mourinho was eager to land an experienced defender who could be a leader at the back, mentor the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, while being a short-term solution at the heart of the backline.

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Sources told ESPN FC that United made a £50 million bid for Alderweireld, £20m less than Tottenham wanted, and negotiations over the Belgium worldwide continued until the Premier League transfer deadline on August 9.

'Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham, ' Alderweireld said at a news conference ahead of Belgium's UEFA Nations League game against Iceland on Tuesday. To be in the first team again is a victory for me. "That is how I got back into the team".

"I just try to help Tottenham as best I can with my qualities. Everything on my future that has been said by the press is not correct".


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