The Belgian endured a difficult second half of the 2017-18 campaign with Spurs after returning from a serious injury, finding playing time under Mauricio Pochetttino hard to come by as the season ran down.
However, his performances for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia provided a stark reminder of his immense talent, as Roberto Martinez men finished third in the competition.
As a result, Alderweireld has returned to club duty fresh and better than ever, starting three of Tottenham’s four games in the Premier League at the beginning of the new football calendar.
The 29-year-old had been linked with a move to Man United throughout the summer, but he insists that his sole focus was on his duties at Spurs.
In a news conference on Tuesday, he said: “Everyone was saying everywhere that I absolutely wanted to leave Tottenham.
“That’s not true. This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me.
“So, I had to battle to get my place back in the team. To be in the first team again is a victory for me.”
Spurs will face Liverpool on Saturday as the new campaign continues, hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat against Watford before the international break.
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