Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has completed a move to Qatari side Al-Duhail, bringing his six-year spell at the club to an end.
The Belgian centre-back had previously told the club of his desire to move on, with his hometown club, Royal Antwerp, supposedly interested in bringing him in.
Toby Alderweireld Leaves Tottenham for Qatar
We have reached an agreement with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar for the transfer of Toby Alderweireld.
We wish Toby the very best for the future.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 27, 2021
End of an Era for Spurs
The defender has signed a three year contract in Qatar, keeping him at the club until 2024. At the age of 32, Alderweirald will play for the club up until the age of 35, where he could decide to retire.
As for Tottenham, the move spells the end of an era. They said goodbye to Jan Vertonghen last year, and now they’ve said goodbye to his partner in crime in Toby Alderweirald. Whilst the partnership didn’t result in silverware, it will still be remembered as one of the best to ever feature at the London club.
Tottenham’s New-Look Defence
Alderweireld’s departure allows Spurs to continue to re-shape their defence under the new regime of Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici. While they are yet to sign any defenders, so far only bringing in goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, there are many deals currently in the works and if Spurs can get them over the line, they could be a force at the back next season.
A deal for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has been rumbling on for some time now and is expected to be done with no complications. They are also heavily interested in Argentina defender Cristian Romero, who could join for more than £40 million.