Tottenham defender Alderweireld hits out at Pochettino over 'unjustified' snub

Toby Alderweireld of Belgium looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint...

Tottenham defender is glad to get back to playing regularly.

Toby Alderweireld of Belgium looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld says he is glad to have proved a point at the World Cup.

Alderweireld got injured on November 1 playing for Spurs in a 3-1 win over Real Madrid, and upon his return in February, was used sparingly.

He was left out of Tottenham's big matches, including their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino felt he had better options, and kept Alderweireld on the bench, save for a couple of late season appearances.

Alderweireld got back to playing regularly at the World Cup, and feels like he has proved a point with Belgium finishing third.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad, Alderweireld hit out, believing the snub he received was 'unjustified'.

Neymar Jr of Brazil is challenged by Toby Alderweireld of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in...

He said: "I was very focused on this tournament. I wanted to prove something again.

"[To] show that the period before the tournament in which I did not play - for whatever reason - that it was unjustified. I wanted to show that I am still the same Toby as in November."

Alderweireld has been linked with a transfer away from Tottenham all summer, and he claims to be none the wiser on what his future holds.

He added: "I really do not know anything yet. In my head I just go to Tottenham. We'll see."

The Belgian defender has two years left on his contract at Spurs, but in a year's time, a clause can be activated by clubs, enabling them to buy him for a cut-price fee.

Spurs are hoping to extend his contract but if they are unable to do so, a sensible financial decision may be to cash in.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (L) vies with Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham...

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