Toby Alderweireld Leaves Tottenham For Qatari Side Al-Duhail

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has joined Qatari side Al-Duhail.

The 32-year-old departs north London after six seasons after his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2015.

Tottenham said in a short statement: “We have reached agreement with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar for the transfer of Toby Alderweireld.

“Now 32, Toby made 236 appearances in his six years at Spurs. He’s also reached 113 caps for Belgium, playing in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and 2016 and 2020 European Championships.

“We wish Toby all the best for the future.”

The Belgium international was also a key part of Jose Mourinho’s briefly impregnable defence that helped take Spurs to the top of the Premier League in November and December.

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But his lack of pace has also been exposed at times over the last couple of years, and he may not be suited to the sort of energetic, more front-footed style that new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and Paratici want the team to play.

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