• Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has made up his mind about his possible transfer, a report says
  • Alderweireld reportedly wants to stay at Tottenham after Jose Mourinho's departure
  • The five-time champion's father had earlier hinted at his son's future plans

Jose Mourinho’s departure has prompted a transfer-linked Tottenham Hotspur star to stay in the club, a report says.

Things are seemingly going well at Tottenham following the axing of Mourinho. The club has gone 1-0 since Mourinho’s exit, and apparently, Toby Alderweireld, a wantaway player during the award-winning coach’s reign, is now reconsidering the idea of leaving the Spurs.

Alderweireld has been linked to a summer move to Belgian side Club Brugge, but after Mourinho’s axing, the defender rejected an offer and opted to stay, Dutch outlet Voetbal 24 reported.

Through his representatives, the 32-year-old has let Club Brugge know that he is “currently not open” to a move to Belgium as he’s now “willing to take his chances at Tottenham,” the report said.

This season, the five-time domestic league champion has only been featured 27 times in all competitions for Tottenham and appeared to have fallen out of the pecking order under Mourinho. Despite less pitch action, the center-back reportedly became a target for Club Brugge in the next transfer window.

Prior to making a sudden U-turn in his transfer decision, Toby’s father, Viv, earlier hinted at the possibility that his son is likely to take his talents to his home soil Belgium.

According to Viv, they have already planned the move to Belgium in 2023, the same year his son’s current deal with the Spurs will expire.

“The house will be ready in the course of 2023, in line with his [Toby’s] contract with Tottenham,” Viv told Belgian publication Gazet van Antwerpen in October. “We’ll see where Toby will play football, at Tottenham, Ajax, an Antwerp club or elsewhere. But the chance that he will play closer to home at the age of 34 is real.”

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld (R) scored the winner against Arsenal
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld (R) scored the winner against Arsenal POOL / Tim Goode

Mourinho, on the other hand, is linked to a return to La Liga, with Valencia said to be keen on landing him on a head coaching job.

Valencia owner Peter Lim, who has attempted to lure Mourinho in the past, has been trying to convince the Portuguese once again to be the new manager of his side, reports said.

Tottenham is now under the tutelage of former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason. In his first game as the team’s head coach, he has already received praise from the club’s talisman, Harry Kane.

“Ryan’s been great,” Kane said of Mason after Tottenham’s recent win over Southampton. “It’s obviously been strange for him, a bit of a rollercoaster coming in late notice and taking on the job. I thought he’s done incredibly well; how he’s handled the whole situation, how he’s handled the boys and obviously getting his first win against Southampton was a massive moment.”