Tottenham must offer Toby Alderweireld
improved terms or let him leave for
another European club, says the player’s
Toby Alderweireld said in July there was
no update on talks over a new contract
at Tottenham ahead of the new season,
with the defender’s current deal set to
expire in the summer of 2019.
That contract contains a clause that
says if Spurs trigger a year-long
extension in 2019, Alderweireld can leave
for a fee of £25m, and the club want to
eradicate this clause from any new deal.
“When you look at Toby’s statistics, they
are impressive. Either he deserves an
appropriate contract, or else he should
be given a transfer,” said Alderweireld’s
advisor Stijn Francis, as quoted by The
“Seven or eight big European clubs are
interested in signing him. There are not
many central defenders around who can
play like he can.
“But these clubs will have to negotiate
with Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
hinted last month that Spurs would open
talks with Alderweireld after the close of
the summer transfer window, and said
the club-record signing of centre-back
Davinson Sanchez had nothing to do with
the Belgian’s future.
“It [Sanchez’ signing] is not related,”
Pochettino said. “Today, I was talking for
one hour with Toby. He is so happy here.
The club now is so busy trying to add
more quality to the team. It’s true that
Davinson is more competition for our
centre-backs but it can only be good.
“No doubt, when the window finishes,
Daniel will try to work and make happy
every single player of the club.”