Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld confirms he has heard nothing about a return to Atletico Madrid

Toby Alderweireld

The Spanish club are believed to be keen on using the Belgian next term.

Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld has been discussing his future in the press in the aftermath of his top performance against Hull City yesterday.

He is quoted in the Daily Echo as being rather dismissive over the rumours of a return to Atletico Madrid next season:

"I saw something in the Spanish papers. I don't know, I didn't hear from them. We will see.

"It is not (frustrating) because it does not matter what they say, what is in the papers.

"I am just focused on Southampton and we are playing for a European spot, so it is going to be a special season.

"I am focused, I am happy here, so, yeah, no problem for me."

Alderweireld was brought in as a replacement for Liverpool newbie Dejan Lovren and the season-long loan signing from Atletico Madrid has not failed to impress at Southampton. That was certainly proven by their struggles throughout his groin injury absence in January.

Alderweireld confirmed his desire to remain at St Mary’s next season to BBC Solent last month, although he admits that the decision ultimately rests with his parent club.

Atleti confirmed that they want him back recently. Atletico's sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero telling the club's official website:

“We are very pleased with their performance and growth in general. Oliver [Torres] and Alderweireld, for example, are finishing a very good season with Porto and Southampton and we are counting on them for the next campaign."

Southampton are currently fifth in the table and hoping to push on to securing a place in Europe next term. If they do that they will need to keep hold of their star players, unlike last summer. One of those will be Alderweireld - so fans will hope that he remains.

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