Ajax defender Alderweireld dismisses Premier League switch

The towering centre-back has reportedly attracted the interest of Tottenham and Newcastle but insists that he is happy to stay put for now and continue to develop his game
Toby Alderweireld has made it clear that he has no intention to leave Ajax any time soon as he feels that he is not ready yet to make the move abroad.

The Belgium international, 23, has recently been linked with clubs such as Tottenham and Newcastle, but insists that he is happy to remain at the Eredivisie champions for the foreseeable future.

"Thomas Vermaelen was almost 24 when he left Ajax for Arsenal, while Jan Vertonghen is two years older than I am, and has only just left [for Spurs]," Alderweireld told Elf Voetbal.

"So if I'd follow in their footsteps, I would not leave Ajax in the upcoming summer, but in the year after that. I still have plenty of time to further develop and follow the same path as them."

Alderweireld, who has a contract until June 2014, has made over 100 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax since making his debut in 2008-09.