Pochettino shares which Tottenham players have release clauses
By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that no Tottenham players have release clauses in their contracts, following speculation about star Toby Alderweireld.
Whistleblowers Football Leaks, as cited by French outlet Le Soir, claimed that the 27-year-old had a £25.4million release fee in his current deal.
This caused Spurs supporters to go into a meltdown, as they are aware of how vital Alderweireld has become to the side during the last 18 months.
However, Pochettino has addressed the report, believing that release clauses are more common outside of England and that no one in his squad has one.
Asked specifically about the reported Alderweireld release fee, Pochettino said on Tuesday, as quoted by ESPN FC journalist Dan Kilpatrick: “I don’t know the contract details but I don’t think a player in England has a release clause in their contracts”.
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#thfc Poch on Toby: "I don't know the contract details but I don't think a player in England has a release clause in their contracts."
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 6, 2016
Following the Le Soir report, it is claimed that Tottenham have since opened talks with Alderweireld about a new contract.
The defender made the move to White Hart Lane for £11.5million from La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
He is currently contracted until 2020, but Spurs are keen to keep the Belgium international for far longer.
Alderweireld has built up a strong partnership with international team-mate Jan Vertonghen since joining and has played in 59 fixtures for the club in total.
He was a key figure in the club finishing in third place in the last campaign and has been a huge miss this season after suffering a knee injury in October.
However, the defender is set to return to the squad to face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday evening, providing his team with a huge boost.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore expects hostile bids for this Spurs man.