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Alderweireld says his World Cup show proved Spurs exclusion was unjustifiedAlderweireld says his World Cup show proved Spurs exclusion was unjustified

first_imgBelgium defender Toby Alderweireld was determined to put up a show in the World Cup and prove people at Tottenham Hotspur that his exclusion from the first team last season was “unjustified”.The defender along with his Belgium teammates, who guided the nation to their best-ever finish at a World Cup in Russia, returned to Brussels on Monday, where they were welcomed by ecstatic Belgium fans.Speaking about his future, he said that he wants to return to Spurs and then see what happens but he did point out that his treatment since the turn of the year was unfair and he was motivated to do well in Russia because of that.The 29-year-old was a regular feature in Tottenham’s matches in the opening stages of the tournament before he picked up a hamstring injury. He recovered from it and was fit to play in January. Despite that, he only made six appearances for Spurs since November.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I really do not know anything yet. In my head I just go to Tottenham. We will see,” said the Spurs defender.Sliding to the third place like… pic.twitter.com/XpQHK1YaCzAlderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) July 14, 2018However, his international manager Roberto Martinez had full faith in his abilities and the former Atletico Madrid and Ajax man started six of Belgium’s seven games as they secured a third-place finish in Russia.”I was very focused on this tournament,” Alderweireld said. “I wanted to prove something to me, show that the period before the tournament in which I, for whatever reason, did not play, it was unjustified.advertisement”I wanted to show that I’m still Toby, same as in November.”Belgium fans welcome Red Devils back home after 3rd place finish in World CupAlderweireld has been heavily linked to Manchester United in the summer and a move to the the Red Devils could still materialise before the transfer window in England ends on August 9. However, Spurs’ huge asking price could scupper any deal for the centre-half and he could well start the season for the north London club.Spurs play AS Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan in the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament along with a friendly against Girona before their Premier League opener against Newcastle United on August 11.last_img read more