Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld confirms he wants to stay at the club next season

The Belgian is currently on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season.

It was a tough task at Southampton last summer. The club had to replace several big names that had left the club. Ryan Bertrand was tasked with replacing Luke Shaw, Dusan Tadic stepped into the void left behind by Adam Lallana, Graziano Pelle was asked to emulate Rickie Lambert while Ronald Koeman arrived to take over from Mauricio Pochettino and oversee the revamp.

Another top signing was that of Toby Alderweireld, who was brought in as a replacement for Liverpool newbie Dejan Lovren.

A year previous and teams from across Europe were desperately trying to sign the Belgian international from Ajax. In the end Atletico Madrid got him, but he struggled to break into the first-team at the Vicente Calderon.

The season-long loan signing from Atletico Madrid has not failed to impress at Southampton, a fact proven by their struggles since he picked up a groin injury in January.

However, his future remains up in the air. In the week the Daily Mail reported that both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City were keen on signing the player in the summer.

However, Alderweireld has now confirmed his desire to remain at St Mary’s next season, although he admits that the decision ultimately rests with his parent club. He told BBC Solent:

"If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here.

"It's not up to me. Atletico could decide that they want me back. I have two years left there so it is difficult for me to answer the question.

"I'm enjoying the Premier League, I'm enjoying playing for Southampton - I love the club and I love the fans.

"I am enjoying it here and my mind and focus is on Southampton."

Atletico have great centre-back options already at the club, but the future of Joao Miranda is up in the air, which could lead to him returning to Los Colchoneros next term.

Saints fans will be hoping Miranda and co stay put, so Atletico let Alderweireld on his merry way.

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