Tony Alderweireld concedes that he harbours hope of playing for Ajax again one day.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has told De Telegraaf, as quoted by Goal, that he would love to return to his first professional club Ajax one day after spending nine successful years at the Dutch club.
Alderweireld began his career at the Amsterdam side, where he was a teammate of current Spurs stars Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen and played under former White Hart Lane boss Martin Jol before leaving for Atletico Madrid in 2013.
The Belgian defender ended his unsuccessful spell in Spain last summer to join Mauricio Pochettino's side, and in his debut season in North London he has been a key performer as the club have launched a genuine title bid for the first time in recent memory.
The 27-year-old has not missed a single Premier League match and has was also a key player in the club's run to the Europa League quarter-finals, scoring four goals in 44 appearances in all competitions at club level.
Alderweireld signed a five-year contract with the North London side upon his arrival, but he has admitted to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he harbours the ambition of returning to Ajax at some point before his career draws to a close.
The defender said, as quoted by Goal: "Ajax is a fantastic club and I would love to come back one day, but I won’t make any promises.
"I spent most of my career at Ajax and am thankful for those years. I was extremely happy in Amsterdam."
Alderweireld's side have suffered disappointment in recent weeks at the business end of a superb season, crashing out of the Europa League 5-1 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund and losing ground in the Premier League title race.
They are seven points behind leaders Leicester City with just five matches to play, and do not play again until a trip to Stoke City on Monday night.