It is officially confirmed that Toby Alderweireld has left Tottenham Hotspur to join the Qatari side Al-Duhail.
This exit marks the 6 year stay of the 32-year-old defender at the North London club. He joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 from the La Liga giants Atletico Madrid for £11.4 million. Before his initial move to Spurs, Toby Alderweireld spent a season-long loan at Southampton. He racked up 26 appearances for the Saints during the 2014-15 season in the Premier League.
He fairly impressed the Spurs management from his stint at Southampton and the North London club moved for him.
In his 6 years at Spurs, the Belgian International made nearly 236 appearances for the club in all competitions. Though he did not win any trophy at the club but he definitely did achieve a feat by being a part of the team that saw their first Champions League final in their history.
Though it feels a bit out of colour since Toby Alderweireld out of all clubs interested in him chose the Qatari side Al-Duhail. But Toby Alderweireld wanted to leave Spurs for a new challenge and this might be his new challenge in a very different and non European country.
Toby Alderweireld on joining Al – Duhail released a statement that read, “Six years, two homes, a Champions League final and so many memories. You made me feel a part of your club the moment I walked out at White Hart Lane and roared us on, no matter what, into our new, special, stadium.
“Thank you first to the fans and then to my teammates and every incredible member of the Spurs’ staff, backroom and beyond.
“The club will always be in mine and my family’s heart. Love, Toby.”
A message to you 🤍 pic.twitter.com/hoEjOzBXo5
— Toby Alderweireld (@AlderweireldTob) July 27, 2021
While Tottenham Hotspur in a statement said, “We have reached agreement with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar for the transfer of Toby Alderweireld. We wish Toby all the best for the future.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 27, 2021