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Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag has played down reports suggesting Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld could return to Amsterdam over the summer, while speaking to ESPN, via Goal.

They do say ‘never go back’ but Davy Klaassen is proving to be an exception to the rule.

The former Ajax captain returned for a second spell at the Johan Cruyff Arena last year and has performed like a man possessed in that iconic red and white shirt, helping fire Ten Hag’s side three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie.

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Recent reports have suggested that veteran defender Alderweireld could follow in Klaassen’s footsteps and re-join the club he left eight years ago.

But, while Ajax director Marc Overmars is still in regular contact with the Tottenham star, Alderweireld will not be making an emotional return to his old stomping ground any time soon.

“We have good contact with Alderweireld, but we have no concrete interest (in signing him),” said the former Utrecht coach. 

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“We are in constant contact. Marc (Overmars) maintains close contacts with all players who have left Ajax, just look at Klaassen. 

“At the moment, (signing Alderweireld) is not the case.”

The Belgium international still has two-and-a-half years left on his Tottenham contract. Alderweireld looked back to his battle-born best earlier in the season too, starring in wins over Arsenal and Manchester City.

What’s more, the ever-erratic Davinson Sanchez is yet to prove that he can be relied upon in Alderweireld’s absence.

The Colombian was left choking on Ademola Lookman’s dust as the Fulham winger set up Ivan Cavaleiro’s equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw.

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