A clause in Toby Alderweireld’s new contract with Qatari outfit Al-Duhail means the defender will work on the stadium building sites for the upcoming 2022 World Cup, it has emerged.
The Belgian unwittingly agreed to lay bricks alongside up to one million other migrant workers constructing seven new stadiums for the finals being held next November.
Alderweireld joined Spurs in 2015 and was a lynchpin in the North London club’s 2019 Audi Cup-winning side.
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The 32-year-old was presented to the Qatari media by Al-Duhail manager Sabri Lamouchi before being whisked away to lay bricks at the Ras Abu Aboud stadium.
‘Bringing Alderweireld here means we are laying the foundations for our future’, site foreman Sam Allardyce told Paddy Power News.
‘Hopefully he can cement himself in the team and pave the way for more Premier League stars to join the mass construction effort’.
‘Knock off at 6 tonight. Nice pint of Pinot waiting on me when I get back to the hotel’, added Sam with a cheeky grin.
We caught up with Alderweireld as he toiled in the searing 120-degree heat during his 14-hour shift.
‘I didn’t sign up for this’, he told Paddy Power News while mixing mortar.
‘I only build walls when the opposition are lining up free-kicks’.
However, bricklaying was just one of many stipulations the former Atletico Madrid player never realised were included within his contract.
‘Turning up late for training and getting sent off are punishable by stoning or beheading? Seems a bit harsh, doesn’t it?’, said Alderweireld while leafing through the 78-page document.
‘What’s this? I’ve to give free massages for FIFA delegates on World Cup match days? That’s just taking the p*ss now’, snapped the 113-cap international.
In related news, Qatari officials have confirmed their promise of fully airconditioned stadiums for the 2022 World Cup was ‘a big wind up’.
‘Airconditioned stadiums? That’s just banter’, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani admitted to Paddy Power News.
‘We’ll provide FIFA delegates with complimentary wads of cash to fan themselves with. Everyone else can sweat their b*llocks off’.
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