Toby Alderweireld expecting physical challenge in Premier League

Alderweireld expecting physical challenge
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Southampton loan signing Toby Alderweireld believes that the Premier League will provide him with more of a physical challenge than La Liga.

Southampton loan signing Toby Alderweireld has claimed that he is expecting the Premier League to be far more physical than La Liga.

The Belgian international defender joined the Saints on a season-long deal from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.

With Alderweireld likely to make his debut for Southampton against Newcastle United this weekend, the 25-year-old believes that English football will provide him with a sterner challenge than Spain's top flight.

"The football requires more from you physically than in Spain," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. "The Premier League is also changing. I have four years in a row in the Champions League and have played in the World Cup, I know what excellence means."

Alderweireld made 19 appearances last season as Atletico won the Spanish title and reached the Champions League final.

Toby Alderweireld of Belgium runs with the ball during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013
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