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£75m Man Utd target prepares for new season, amid imminent return to current club

Manchester United transfer target Toby Alderweireld has dropped the biggest hint yet of where his future lies with the Premier League season soon to kick-off.

The Belgian centre-half has enjoyed a well-earned break after playing an instrumental part in his country reaching the World Cup semi-finals and beating England in the third-place playoff.

Alderweireld played alongside Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany at the tournament as they formed a formidable partnership in the heart of Belgium’s defence.

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However, at club level, things haven’t gone as smoothly. The 29-year-old had a difficult season with Tottenham, struggling with injuries and being left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s first team.

This summer, he has also been strongly linked with a switch to Old Trafford.

According to The Evening Standard, United have monitored his situation and held talks with Spurs about a possible deal a few weeks ago.

They also report that Alderweireld has now hinted that his immediate future remains with Spurs, revealing his imminent return to pre-season duty with the squad.

“I will return to London this weekend for the start of pre-season with my club,” he told reporters, as per The Evening Standard.

That will come as a blow to Jose Mourinho, who is determined to strengthen his defence before United take on Leicester City for their Premier League opener on August 10.

At this stage, with 7 days remaining for Premier League clubs to sign players, Ed Woodward has a lot of work on his hands and Mourinho is piling on the pressure.

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