'I want to stay at Southampton' - Alderweireld set to snub Manchester City

The Belgian centre-back - on loan at the club from Atletico Madrid - has attracted interest from the Premier League champions but says he is keen to remain at St Mary's
Toby Alderweireld insists he wants to make his loan move to Southampton permanent, despite interest from Manchester City.

Goal understands that the Premier League champions have targeted a summer move for the Belgian centre-back, who has impressed since moving to St Mary’s from Atletico Madrid on a short-term deal.

The Saints have the option to sign Alderweireld permanently for £6 million at the end of the season but Atleti could cancel that clause by paying a £1.5m fee – thus giving them the option of selling the 26-year-old to the highest bidder.

Alderweireld, though, says that he would like to remain at St Mary’s, despite conceding that the decision ultimately lies with the Spanish champions.

“If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here,” he told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's not up to me. Atletico could decide that they want me back. I have two years left there so it is difficult for me to answer the question.

"I'm enjoying the Premier League, I'm enjoying playing for Southampton - I love the club and I love the supporters.

"We'll see, I am enjoying it here and my mind and focus is on Southampton."

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