Toby Alderweireld has reportedly rejected Tottenham’s new contract offer and fans are concerned that they might lose one of their most consistent performers.
There’s no doubting Alderweireld’s quality and his importance to the Tottenham team.
He joined for a fee of around £15million from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and since then he’s made 103 appearances for Spurs.
He’s a world-class defender who would walk into most of the elite teams in the world.
But the Alderweireld contract situation is far more important than it seems on face value.
It’s yet another hint that Tottenham stars aren’t happy with the money they’re currently earning under Mauricio Pochettino.
The Times claimed that the centre is currently earning £55k-a-week and could earn treble that at a different club.
Forget about how much players enjoy playing under Pochettino – and it’s clearly obvious that they do – would you turn your back on a 300% pay rise?
And it’s not just the money. Tottenham still haven’t won a trophy since 2008 and it’s not just Alderweireld who has ambitions of lifting silverware in his career.
But Alderweireld is the current sticking point for Spurs and Daniel Levy must ensure he gets the deal absolutely spot on or it could prove to be the start of a disaster for the north London club.
If he refuses to pay what Alderweireld is worth, his departure could light a fire under a number of other Tottenham stars who could all earn far more than they do playing for Levy.
Kyle Walker has already left and as well as earning more money at Man City it looks like he’ll be lifting the Premier League trophy in a few months.
On the flip side, Levy can’t just rip up the Tottenham wage structure – it’s not feasible with the new stadium approaching to just double and treble players’ wages.
And this is why the upcoming deal for Alderweireld could prove to be the most important that he signs in the Pochettino era.
It’s essential for everyone connected with the club that he gets it right.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are in the hunt for a £17.5million-rated Champions League enforcer.