Citing a ground breaking Premier League ruling that both sides have an equal entitlement to the player, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur have today agreed to share joint custody of defender Toby Alderweireld.
After hours of deliberation in its London headquarters, a Premier League committee decided that it was in the best interests of the Belgian defender to split his time between St. Mary’s and White Hart Lane.
How the arrangement will work is yet to be decided but some have hypothesised that the centre back will spend weekends with one side, and weekdays with the other.
“It’s not ideal, but we’ll accept the ruling,” said Southampton boss Ronald Koeman. “We genuinely feel that this is Toby’s home and the best place for him to grow and learn, but the ruling is final.”
Mauricio Pochettino weighed in on any potential arrangement. “If Southampton do have custody of Toby at the weekend, all we’d ask is that they’re sensible and don’t return him to us all over excited and too tired to do anything during the week.
Alderweireld is said to be pleased with the agreement, stating that being able to see his friends at both Southampton and Tottenham will be “just aces”.
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