Former Tottenham defender Toby Alderweirweld has pointed to the lack of contact with his family as the main reason he left the club this summer.
The Belgian, who was signed from Atletico Madrid in 2015, departed Spurs this summer in a deal to join Qatari outfit Al-Duhail.
The move was certainly a surprise considering the defender's key role within the squad under both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho.
He left as an extremely popular member of the set-up, with fellow players and supporters alike hailing his performances. However, Alderweireld himself has signalled that the opportunity to see his family more in Qatar was a prime reason why he decided to leave English football.
Talking to Belgian outlet Het Laatshe Nieuws, he said: "I have two children and at Tottenham I saw them very little. That hurt more and more. In Qatar I will see them more and that is very important to me. I want to see my children grow up and that can done much better at my current club [in Qatar].
"At Tottenham it frustrated me that I had to leave my family behind too often, sometimes we played three times a week, with a seclusion before each time. That started to wring more and more."
In all, Alderweireld made 243 appearances for Tottenham over six seasons, forming a formidable partnership with countryman Jan Vertonghen in north London.
He has yet to make his debut for his new employers in the Middle East but has already been surprised by the quality of football on display in training. He added: "The level in Qatar and at Al-Duhail is higher than I expected. Of course, it is not the Premier League, but the level is better than expected.
Author: Daniel Orne