Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld has welcome the signing of Victor Wanyama, having played with the Kenyan midfielder during their time together at Southampton. The Belgian centre-back believes this is the right move for all parties, as the midfielder will help Spurs in next season's Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino's side announced the arrival of the 24-year-old last week, paying around £11m ($14.8m) to Southampton and making him the club's first signing of the summer transfer window.
Pochettino is understood to have played a major role in the transfer negotiations, as he managed Wanyama during his tenure at St Mary's.
Alderweireld also shared the Southampton dressing room with the Kenyan midfielder, and believes his skills and character will be a perfect addition to Spurs' ranks.
"[Wanyama] is a wonderful person. He looks very strong and he's a big man but he's a very nice person – he's the opposite of how he is on the pitch. I sent him a message to congratulate him, actually. I think he's making the right move – Spurs are on the up, we're in a good place, the new stadium is coming and we're in the Champions League. He's a very exciting signing for us and he's a very good player," Alderweireld said to the club's official website from Belgium's Euro 2016 camp ahead of their quarter-final game against Wales on 1 July.
"I just said 'congratulations and welcome to the club' and that I'm looking forward to seeing him. He congratulated me on the Hungary game as well and wished me luck for the Euros. It was just a short message, just a 'welcome' one. I know he will feel welcomed by the guys at the club and his quality will shine through on the pitch as well."