Tottenham star responds to suggestion he is best defender in Premier League

Toby Alderweireld is loving his football at White Hart Lane but insists talk of his quality does not distract him.

Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld has told Sky Sports that he is enjoying his "wonderful" life at White Hart Lane, but insists that any claim that he is the best defender in the Premier League does not interest him.

The Belgian has been a solid and consistent performer for Mauricio Pochettino's side this season as the North London club find themselves challenging for a first league title since 1961.

Alderweireld chose to join Spurs from Atletico Madrid last summer despite spending a successful season on loan at Southampton last campaign, and has played 42 times in all competitions in his first term at the club, starting every single Premier League fixture to date.

The 27-year-old has been a cornerstone of the Spurs defence which conceded a division-low total of just 24 goals from 31 matches, and his form has led to some pundits and media billing him as the best defender in the top flight this season.

However, Alderweireld is adamant that he does not feel as though he is better than his peers, instead insisting that he is purely focused on contributing to the team as best as possible.

When asked about the suggestions in the media that he is the best defender in the league, the Belgian international told Sky Sports: "It's their right to say it but I don't feel that way. I'm just trying to help the team and do my best.

"I don't like to talk about myself, other people are paid to do that. I try to do my best on the pitch and that's it.

"I'm enjoying this season. It's wonderful at Spurs and I'm really happy, so I'm just trying to keep my level until the end of the season."

Alderweireld is expected to start for Marc Wilmots' Belgium side in the international friendly against Portugal on Tuesday night, and Pochettino will be praying that his crucial defender comes through the encounter unscathed as Spurs gear up for a desperate pursuit of Leicester City in the final weeks of the season.

The North London club are five points behind the Foxes with seven matches remaining ahead of their trip to Liverpool after the international break next weekend.

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