Jenas urges Levy to get out cheque book, states Tottenham sensation would improve Real Madrid
Jermaine Jenas has urged Tottenham owner Daniel Levy to get the cheque book out to keep key defender Toby Alderweireld at the club.
The centre-back is currently under contract with Spurs until 2020 and has had no luck recently in negotiating a new deal, despite several of his teammates agreeing contracts in the past year.
The Mail report that the 28-year-old is currently on a £50,000-a-week wage and is hopeful of landing a new deal in the region of £110,000-a-week.
Alderweireld is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury until February and the team have suffered without him in the starting XI.
The Belgium international has become a colossal figure in the side in the past few years and struck up a brilliant partnership in defence alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen.
Jenas has stressed how important it is to tie Alderweireld to a new long-term deal and believes that Levy must fork out the cash to keep him, despite the club having a strict policy on their wage structure.
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The pundit and former Spurs midfielder insists that he is an elite defender that would even improve current Champions League holders Real Madrid.
“Alderweireld is right up there with Sergio Ramos and whoever else is in that mix to be the best defender in European football,” Jenas told Yahoo Sport.
“He could get into the Real Madrid side straight away and improve them, so Tottenham have to make sure they resolve his contract situation and make sure he stays at the club.
“If it takes £150,000 to £200,000 to keep Alderweireld then pay it. If he runs down his contract and you sell him, then it will cost £60m to replace him so pay the money now and keep the player at the club.”
Alderweireld has missed seven Premier League games so far and there has been a noticeable difference without him.
Spurs have picked up just three wins during that run and have dropped down to seventh in the league table as a result.
They now face a pivotal clash against sixth-placed Burnley on Saturday and do at least have the welcomed return of young centre-back Davinson Sanchez from suspension.
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