Mauricio Pochettino gave yet another update about Toby Alderweireld at his pre-match press conference on Thursday lunchtime – and it prompted a couple of sensational claims from a reliable Belgian journalist.
Talking ahead of the huge Premier League game against Man City, Pochettino responded to a question as to whether Alderweireld would play again for Tottenham or be sold in the summer.
He said, as quoted by Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold, “Toby is still our player, two year contract.”
Poch on whether Toby Alderweireld will be sold this summer: "We make a drama sometimes for small things. After 14 games unbeaten we're not going to talk about players injured for a long time. Toby is still our player, two year contract."
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 12, 2018
That prompted a response from prominent Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who immediately tweeted that Poch was either “lying as he signed a four-year deal (with option)” or that Tottenham have indeed taken the extra year option, in which case the £25million clause is activated for the summer of 2019.
Football Insider verdict:
Strong words from Terreur who has been following the Alderweireld case closely. It’s unlikely that Pochettino is lying but if they’ve taken up the extra year option on Alderweireld then his release clause will be active. That doesn’t necessarily change much, but it doesn’t make much sense. If the release clause is active it suggests that he’d be sold in the summer, with Spurs not wanting to lose out on his true value a year later. However, if you were going to sell in the summer why would you take the extra year option? Of course, there’s a possibility that Pochettino made a mistake, but you’d think that someone as media savvy as Pochettino would know exactly what he was saying.
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