By Matt Farr
Alan Curbishley believes Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy may need to amend the club’s wage structure in order to keep hold of his most prized assets this summer.
Tottenham have been a formidable force in the Premier League this season, despite falling short in the race for silverware, and have secured a second-placed finish ahead of the season finale.
The likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen have been in particularly fine form for Tottenham this season, but the club may face a battle to keep hold of their top players following their individual success.
However, with the Premier League’s elite circling, Levy has reiterated he will not be ripping up the club’s strict wage structure in order to fend off interest from their rivals, which has caused concern among fans.
But Curbishley thinks the Tottenham chief should consider making a small change in order to keep hold of their top players, whilst also attracting better players in the transfer market.
Speaking to the Premier League Daily Show on Sky Sports on Friday, he issued a message to Levy:
“You hear things ‘we’re not going to sell our best players’, but when that big club comes in, Man United couldn’t keep hold of Ronaldo, Tottenham couldn’t keep hold of Bale.
“But I think the noise is coming out of Tottenham that this summer, they realise to keep the players, the Dele Alli’s of this world and the side they’ve got there from leaving, is to bring in better players.
“There’s a big decision for Daniel Levy, because they have a strict wage structure there, as we know. Sometimes to progress, you have to move that a little bit and attract the better players.”
Full-back Kyle Walker, who has been ever-present in the first-team this season, is one name that has been heavily linked with a transfer away from Tottenham in the coming months.
Versatile midfielder Eric Dier is another senior player facing an uncertain future, with the Sun claiming he, Walker and Danny Rose are eager to quit the club.
Tottenham will be boosted, however, by the fact that the majority of Tottenham’s first-team contingent have been tied down to new long-term contracts this season.
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