Newly-signed Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has told The London Evening Standard that he wishes Southampton the best of luck for next season.
The Belgium international defender played on loan for Southampton from Atletico Madrid during the 2014-15 season.
The Saints were interested in signing the 26-year-old on a permanent contract this summer, but the former Ajax star decided to join Tottenham instead.
Alderweireld has now explained his decision and told The London Evening Standard: "I understand that there is some disappointment. I have sent a text message to Ronald and thanked him for a great year.
"He gave me a lot of confidence and made me a better footballer. I gave 100 per cent for Southampton and wish everyone luck for next season.”
Good move for Toby Alderweireld?
Alderweireld had a good season with Southampton in 2014-15, and it makes sense for him to take the next step and move to a bigger club with bigger ambitions.
Tottenham will be challenging for a top-four finish in the Premier League next season, and the Belgian will want to play a key role in that.
However, it will not be easy for the defender to establish himself as a first-team regular for head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s side.