Alderweireld admits he is impressed with Mousa Dembele

The Belgian defender has been singing the praises of his Tottenham team-mate.

Tottenham Hotspur centre-half Toby Alderweireld has admitted that he is enjoying being at the same club as national colleague Mousa Dembele, telling the Tottenham Journal that he has been impressed by the in-form midfielder.

The former Ajax and Atletico Madrid enforcer moved to White Hart Lane in the summer after excelling while on loan at Southampton last term, adding to the North London club’s Belgian contingent.

Dembele meanwhile is starting to show his best form, with some strong performances over recent weeks and goals against both Bournemouth and Anderlecht.

Ahead of today’s North London derby against Arsenal, Alderweireld has been speaking out about the versatile midfielder.

The centre-half has stated that it has been good to play and train alongside Dembele, who has been a standout in his eyes.

“It’s the first time I’ve been so close to him,” Alderweireld told the Tottenham Journal.

“Sometimes I played with him with Belgium but then it’s once a month. Now I can play and train with him every day.

“I’m very impressed with him and I’m happy he’s playing well, and hopefully he can have a very good season.”

Dembele has struggled with injuries and a lack of consistency since moving to Tottenham in 2012 from Fulham to replace Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric.

The talented technician has played a lot of his football in central midfield but has thrived this term in a more advanced role behind Harry Kane.

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