By Harry Sykes
Toby Alderweireld is weighing up his future at Tottenham after failing to agree a new contract with the club, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the Spurs defensive kingpin wants “at least pay parity” with £100,000-a-week top earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
It is said that Alderweireld is “considering his options” as the unpalatable prospect is raised that the key player does not see his long-term future at White Hart Lane.
The Standard report that the Belgian, 28, has a £50,000-a-week contract that runs until 2019, although Spurs have an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
Alderweireld’s willingness to quit over a pay row comes 24 hours after Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio revealed on his personal website that Alderweireld had told Spurs chiefs he does not want to sign a new contract.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was asked on Thursday whether Alderweireld had actually turned down a new deal, and was non-committal.
But he elaborated on Spurs’ confidence that the Belgian is totally committed to the team ahead of the title run-in and Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Pochettino said: “If clubs are interested in any of our players, it is very clear that they need to go and knock on [chairman] Daniel Levy’s door.
“If any player leaves the club, it is always a club decision. All the players today have contracts for the next two or three years, minimum, and we are not worried about them. I invite the clubs who want Tottenham players to come to the training ground and see Daniel Levy.
“Toby plays every week and this is his second season at the club. Nobody has any doubts about him. It is another rumour. There are many rumours and I do not speak about them.”
Alderweireld has been one of the outstanding defenders in the Premier League since joining Spurs in the summer of 2015 and has been integral to the transformation of the team under Pochettino.
The 28-year-old was a shock exclusion on Thursday from the PFA team of the season, although four of his teammates are included, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Tottenham head into Saturday’s cup showdown against Chelsea on the crest of a wave following a remarkable run of seven consecutive Premier League wins.
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.