Tottenham star responds to suggestions he is best player in his position in Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld was very modest when asked by Sky Sports whether he is the best defender in the Premier League.

The Belgian international joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid last summer and has arguably proven to be one of the signings of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded 53 league goals last term – fewer than only four sides – but have improved vastly at the back this campaign.

They boast the best defensive record in the division, letting in only 24 goals in 31 games to put themselves firmly in title contention.

Alderweireld has played every minute of their league season and earned rave reviews for the difference that he has made to Tottenham’s rearguard.

But the 27-year-old former Ajax player has played down suggestions that he is setting the standard for his fellow Premier League centre-backs.

“I’m enjoying this season. It’s wonderful at Spurs and I’m really happy, so I’m just trying to keep my level until the end of the season,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“It’s their right to say it but I don’t feel that way. I’m just trying to help the team and do my best. I don’t like to talk about myself, other people are paid to do that. I try to do my best on the pitch and that’s it.”

Alderweireld could be one of four Tottenham players in Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad, alongside Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli.

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