Roberto Martinez delighted with Toby Alderweireld's Tottenham return

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur is injured during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London,...

Alderweireld started for Spurs against Brighton on Tuesday night.

Jose Izquierdo of Brighton & Hove Albion tackles Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hoptspur during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at Amex...

Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez has told newspaper L'Avenir that Toby Alderweireld boasts "great maturity" after the commanding centre-back returned to Tottenham Hotspur's side against Brighton on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old centre-back appeared for the first time in the Premier League since October as the north Londoners drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

The former Atletico Madrid defender has just one more season left on his contract and although the majority of his time on the sidelines have been spent nursing a hamstring injury, Pochettino is also believed to have marginalised his game time.

Toby Alderweireld of Spura arrives prior to The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

That is because the Belgian will not sign a new deal at Spurs ahead of the summer transfer window. But Martinez, 44, lauded the return of Alderweireld, describing his involvement as "more than a relief".

"The return to Toby's competition on Tuesday night is a huge satisfaction. More than a relief. He showed patience. And his return was very convincing. It's like he's never left the team. He showed great maturity," Martinez said.

Roberto Martinez, the Belgium manager looks on during the international friendly match between Belgium and Saudi Arabia at the King Baudouin Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Just 18 league and cup appearances has seen Alderweireld even fall down the pecking order at Spurs, with the partnership of Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen continuing to strike fear into Premier League strikers.

It remains to be seen if Alderweireld - who currently earns £75,000 a week according to the Daily Star - will sign a new contract before the summer with plenty of interest already touted from Europe's biggest sides.

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