The Tottenham Hotspur star began his career in Holland with Ajax.

Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld sat down for an exclusive interview with Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, and admitted that he would like to return to boyhood club Ajax before he is too old to make an impact.

The 29-year-old began his youth career with Ajax in 2004, before breaking into the senior team at the Amsterdam Arena four years later.

He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the continent’s finest centre-backs, especially after joining Spurs in 2015.

Alderweireld has been linked with a move away from Tottenham, however, with his contract in north London set to expire in the summer.

Spurs do have an option to extend his deal for another year, but that would then activate a £25 million release clause.

The Belgium international spoke exclusively to De Telegraaf about his future, and refused to rule out a return to boyhood club Ajax:

“Never say never. At this moment in my career I don’t think about that yet. I think I can go on for years at this level. If I ever did, it is not to take it easy. I do not want to be 36 years old and can hardly walk. When I return, I certainly want to leave something. And not only in the dressing room. Of course it is close to home in Belgium and I have a bond with the club, because I played football at Ajax for eight years, achieving championships.”

Quite where Alderweireld will end up remains to be seen, but judging by his latest remarks, it would be no surprise to see him end his career in the same place where it all started for him 14 years ago.

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