Tottenham defender Alderweireld set to complete £13m move to Al-Duhail

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is set to complete a £13 million ($18m) move to Al-Duhail SC.

The Qatar-based outfit have reached an agreement to sign Alderweireld on a permanent deal, bringing to an end his six-year stay in north London.

The 32-year-old fell down the squad pecking order at Spurs last season and has decided to take up a new challenge in the Middle East instead of seeing his contract through to its 2023 expiry date.

What's been said?

Alderweireld has said his final goodbyes to Tottenham supporters in a post on social media, which reads: "Six years, two homes, a Champions League final and so many memories. 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 team-mates, 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."

Spurs have released their own statement confirming the Belgian's imminent departure and have wished him well at his new club.

"We have reached an agreement with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar for the transfer of Toby Alderweireld" the press release states. "We wish Toby the very best for the future."

Alderweireld's Tottenham legacy

Spurs invested £14m ($19m) in Alderweireld's talents back in 2015, prising him away from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on an initial five-year deal.

The towering centre-back went on to appear in 236 games for the north London club across all competitions, contributing nine goals and five assists to their cause.

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Alderweireld struck up a formidable partnership at the back with fellow Belgium international Jan Vertonghen as Tottenham conceded just 26 goals en route to a runners-up Premier League finish in 2016-17.

He also played a key role in Spurs' run to the Champions League final in 2018-19, which they lost to Liverpool, and will likely be fondly remembered by supporters as he embarks on the next stage of his career.

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