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Zinho Vanheusden en Toby Alderweireld voelen zich thuis bij hun nieuwe clubs: “Ik kon geen ‘neen’ zeggen tegen de aanbieding uit Qatar”

Zinho Vanheusden and Toby Alderweireld feel right at home…

After Albert Sambi Lokonga and Jan Vertonghen yesterday, it was the turn of Toby Alderweireld and Zenho Vanheusden. Both devils are satisfied with their new teams and also want to appear with the national team in the upcoming World Cup.

Both Zinho Vanheusden and Toby Alderweireld have said they want and will do their best with the national team. “I want to show the coach that I am ready. So my goal is to appear in the next World Cup. I dream about it. Now that I am in Genoa, I am learning a lot. I am very happy that I can train with the best defenders with this strong team. The adjustment process went well. “Very well and we are also training well together. I’m used to playing in a three-man defense. I don’t care much, but the quality of the game in Italy is much higher. I just have to do my best in Genoa and see what happens and what the coach thinks. I push myself to do well.” Because I want to be there anyway. So I hope I can stay here with the national team because of my good performance in the future,” explains Vanheusden.

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Toby Alderweireld is preparing for the upcoming matches. I don’t fear for my place with the demons now that I’m in Qatar. I know 100% what to do to keep getting the same level. The level is also much better than expected, because yes, I also had my biases. Of course not the Premier League, but the level pleasantly surprised me. I contacted a number of people and immediately noticed that the team was putting in a lot of effort to make it happen. But of course the financial aspect convinced me too, I wouldn’t lie about that. I can’t say no to this show.”

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“To Qatar to see more family”

It was not only the financial aspect that was crucial, Elderweireld said. “I will be seeing my family more because there is not a lot of travel in Qatar. I can be at home more moments so I can ‘pop’ better. I know I can handle the highest level. I’m not 40, but I’m 32. To be Completely new to big moments like the World Cup, this was a good opportunity. The level is not as bad as I said, but it is perfect for me at the moment. I have two children and I have rarely seen them. And so the family aspect was the defining factor,” Alderweireld continued.

In addition, Alderweireld also knows that youngsters, like Vanheusden, will be ready. I also know that the youth will be ready if they are no longer working. I don’t want to be a burden to the national team, but I don’t think I’m doing that yet. I see youth as a competitor and a motivator at the same time. If they have questions, they can always ask them. When they show their best, experienced hands like me also know they have to show their best. But it is up to them to make the move as quickly as possible. The more they play, the fewer mistakes they will make in the future. I will do everything I can to stay fit and maintain a physical level,” concludes Alderweireld.

(again) active in Belgium

Both players do not rule out playing in Belgium either. Vanheusden indicated that he would one day return to Liege. “I watch every record game. It hurts to see them lose this weekend (4-0 against Al Ittihad, editor). On a tactical level, now with the three-man defense in Genoa, I am constantly working on how you should be on the field as an individual player or as a team “This was also the case in Standard, but there was also more offensive training. Maybe one day I’ll be back. We might also be able to see Alderweireld in Antwerp in a few years. First I will now focus on the next three years in Qatar,” said Vanheusden. . Then I will be 35, so it is possible to switch to Antwerp. never say never. I hope Antwerp will do well this season.”

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Zinho Vanheusden and Toby Alderweireld feel at home in their new clubs:
Photo: BELGA