Toby Alderweireld has completed his move from Tottenham to Qatari side Al-Duhail SC.
The 32-year-old defender leaves north London after six years, having originally arrived from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
He made 236 appearances in all competitions and was a part of the Tottenham side that reached the Champions League final two years ago, forming a strong partnership with compatriot Jan Vertonghen.
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The Belgium international’s departure comes a day after another long-serving player in Erik Lamela departed in a swap-plus-cash deal with Sevilla that saw Bryan Gil come the other way.
It continues what has been a busy few days for Tottenham, with news that Heung-Min Son had signed a new four-year deal quickly followed by the loan signing of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta.
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Alderweireld was contracted until 2023 but both new technical director Fabio Paratici and new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo are in the process of reshaping the squad.
In a post on his Twitter account, Alderweireld said: “Six years, two homes, a Champions League final and so many memories.
“You made me feel a part of your club from 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.”
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