Jan Vertonghen hails Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld, says pair have perfect understanding

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The Belgian pair have been integral to Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League success this season.

Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Jan Vertonghen has told the club's official website that he knew Toby Alderweireld would hit the ground running at White Hart Lane and said the pair have an almost telepathic understanding.

Alderweireld joined his former Ajax and current Belgium defensive partner at Spurs last summer when he joined from Atletico Madrid, and the two were an integral part of the club's success in finishing third and qualifying for the Champions League.

Whilst Vertonghen missed some time through injury, Alderweireld featured in every single of the club's Premier League and Europa League matches, and the pair's partnership was key in the North Londoners conceding just 35 goals in their 38 league games, a joint-low in the top flight.

The latter was also named Spurs supporters' Player of the Year and was honoured with a place in the PFA Team of the Year in recognition of his outstanding debut season at the club.

The duo both came through the ranks together at Ajax and partnered one another in the first team for four years before going their separate ways, and Vertonghen said it was no surprise to see Alderweireld blossom immediately at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs vice-captain told the club's website: "Toby did the same at Ajax and in the national team, he came in and didn’t need any time to adapt. He’s been great for us and he’s a great guy for the group as well, so relaxed and down to earth.

"We know how we play. We want to play in the same way so we know how we want to defend, how much space to leave at the back and we just cope with it.

"We know how to protect each other and we don’t even have to speak much on the pitch, we just understand how we want to play."

Alderweireld in particular is likely to attract interest from top clubs around Europe this summer, and hanging onto their defensive star will be key for Spurs to maintain or even improve on the standard they set this season next term.

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