Tottenham bombshell: Alderweireld tells club he will not sign new deal - Sky journalist
By Harry Sykes
Toby Alderweireld has told Tottenham he does not want to sign a new contract with the club, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed on his personal website that talks between Aldeweireld and Spurs about a fresh agreement have collapsed.
The Belgium international, 28, is one of the few Spurs key players who has not committed to a new long-term deal this season.
Alderweireld signed a contract that runs until 2020 when he joined Tottenham from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
But it was leaked last year that the deal includes a release clause that would become active in the summer of 2019.
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Di Marzio reports that the clause stipulates a fee of £23.4million will be enough in two years to land the centre-back.
Inter Milan have made initial enquiries about signing Alderweireld with his representatives, and they are also interested in landing the Belgian’s defensive teammate Kyle Walker.
Alderweireld has been one of the outstanding defenders in the Premier League since joining Spurs and has been integral to the transformation of the team under Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who is in charge of negotiating transfers and contracts, now faces a challenge to find common ground with Alderweireld.
Levy took time to secure the signatures of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen, to name three, but all the deals got done in the end.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.