By Danny Mills

26th Dec, 2019 | 3:12pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills claims it would cost £60m to sign replacement for Tottenham player

Danny Mills claimed it would cost Tottenham £60million to sign a like-for-like replacement for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international believes the potential cost of Alderweireld’s replacement is what led to Spurs tying him down to a new contract.

The 30-year-old centre-back signed a new long-term contract recently which will see him stay at the club until 2023.

Jose Mourinho has opted to regularly use Alderweireld since succeeding Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager with the Belgian even starting the 2-1 win over Brighton on Boxing Day.

Mills explained that Mourinho loves good quality defenders and likely told Alderweireld that they can win trophies together in order to convince him to commit his future.

When asked about Alderweireld signing a new deal, Mills told Football Insider: “Mourinho likes good defenders, good quality defenders, he’s come in and likely said stick with me and we’ll win things, so why wouldn’t you stay?

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“To replace him is going to cost fortunes, £50m-£60million and his contract is probably a reflection that Mourinho wants players signed up for a couple of seasons.”

Alderweireld has played 22 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, racking up two assists in the process.

The experienced defender has been at the North London club since joining from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in July 2015.

In that time, Alderweireld has featured 181 times for Spurs with scoring 15 goals as well as registering 12 assists in those outings.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed £22m deal after Premier League rivals reject their 21-yr-old swoop.