Ajax manager, Erik Ten Hag, has played down any talk of his club making a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld during the transfer window.
The Belgian defender has been touted for a return to the Netherlands in recent weeks, with both Ajax and PSV mentioned as potential destinations for Alderweireld.
However, speaking to ESPN, Ten Hag has said there is nothing in those talks at the moment, although he admits Ajax do keep a close eye on developments involving former players.
“We have good contact with Alderweireld, but we have no concrete interest. We are in constant contact. Marc maintains close contacts with all players who have left Ajax, just look at [Davy] Klaassen. At the moment that is not the case,” Ten Hag said.
Alderweireld has been a key cog for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side this season, helping them to within touching distance of the top of the table.
However, he is now 31, and a move back to his origins could appeal. Alderweireld did sign a new contract until 2023, though, meaning Spurs do hold the upper hand here.
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Mourinho loves the big defender and he’s been integral to Spurs this season. It makes little sense, then, for the club to even entertain this sort of talk.
In fairness to Ten Hag, he has played things down. A move to Ajax could happen in the future but as things stand, Alderweireld remains a key part of Jose Mourinho’s mission with the club.