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Tanya Simon
July 20, 2018

22-year-old Pavard has been hugely impressive at right-back for France, but he normally plays centre-half for his club side Stuttgart - but has also played in midfield, and he is seen a ideal like for like replacement for Alderweireld.

The centre-half was in fine form for Belgium at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation as he helped his country to secure third place with victory over England over the weekend.

Tottenham trio Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele part of the Belgium squad which won Saturday's third-place play-off.

However, the 29-year-old was used sparsely by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino last season, playing just 14 times in the Premier League as he struggled to return to fitness after a hamstring injury.

Pavard has been a rising star since joining Stuttgart from Lille two years ago and enjoyed a superb World Cup after starting for France at right-back en route to their stunning triumph in Russian Federation this summer.

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Alderweireld has subsequently been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with several reports claiming that a contract dispute played a role in his omission from the team.

Alderweireld started just three Premier League matches in 2018. Show that the period before the tournament in which I did not play - for whatever reason - was unjustified. I wanted to prove something again.

'I wanted to show that I am still the same Toby as in November'.

On his future, Alderweireld said: "I really know nothing". I spent only three or four months in my entire career.

"I think three weeks is the minimum they need, which means that they're going to be back in the week when the Premier League starts, which means they're not ready to start the Premier League, which is I think hard to understand, where we could have one more week to prepare everybody".

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