Ian Wright: It would be 'quite sad' if Tottenham big name quits this summer after row
By Richard Parks
Ian Wright has insisted it would be “quite sad” if Toby Alderweireld quits the club this summer after a contract row.
It has been widely reported that the Belgium international has rejected a lucrative new deal from the club and that his future is in major doubt.
Arsenal legend Wright is convinced that Alderweireld, 29, will be sorely missed if Spurs fail to resolve his contract stalemate and are forced to sell him rather than lose him when his contract expires in 12 months’ time.
“There seems to be some stalling with Toby’s contract talks,” stated Wright on Sky Sports’ The Debate programme, as quoted by the broadcaster’s website.
“He might be getting to that stage in his career when he wants to get the next big contract and win things, I think it’s quite sad that Spurs might lose a player like that and he could go to anyone in the top four.
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“You don’t know how bad the injuries are but he is the kind of player they have to be keeping if they are going to challenge City.”
Football Insider verdict:
Wright is right. It would certainly be sad, devastating even, if Alderweireld were to quit in the forthcoming summer. The defender returned to the team in the 1-1 draw at Brighton last night and delivered an accomplished display, to further emphasise that his injury problems are behind him and he is deserving of a regular starting place. That he has not been given one is down to Mauricio Pochettino’s frustration that he rejected a new contract and is likely to leave this summer. Spurs can ill afford to lose such a good player, just 12 months after Kyle Walker quit for Manchester City.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have been handed a stunning £52million windfall.