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Alderweireld thanks Tottenham fans in emotional message after joining Al-Duhail

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Toby Alderweireld’s time at Tottenham has officially come to an end.

Joining the club back in 2015 from Atletico Madrid following an impressive loan spell at Southampton the previous campaign, the 32-year-old will now head to Qatar to link up with Al-Duhail.

Making it clear to the club over the past few months that he would like to depart for a new challenge, Spurs confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that they have now reached an agreement with Al-Duhail for his services.

Initially looking on course to leave in the summer of 2019 when a release clause in his contract was activated, the Belgian international instead remained and went on to sign a new contract not long after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the Spurs hotseat in November 2019.

Following the departure of another long-serving player on Monday as Erik Lamela linked up with Sevilla, Alderweireld’s exit sees Fabio Paratici make another key change to the squad as he looks to freshen things up for new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Taking to Twitter immediately after his exit was confirmed, Alderweireld thanked the club’s fans, his teammates and all the Tottenham staff following his six years in N17.

“Six years, two homes, a Champions League final and so many memories,” wrote Alderweireld on Twitter.

“You made me feel a part of your club the moment I walked out at White Hart Lane and roared us on, no matter what, into our new, special stadium.

“Thank you first to the fans and then to my teammates and every incredible member of the Spurs staff, backroom and beyond.

“This club will always be in mine and my family’s heart.

“Love Toby.”

Alderweireld departs after making 243 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring nine goals in the process.

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