Tottenham fans go into meltdown after leaked report proves 27-year-old ace has release clause
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans went into meltdown on Monday night after it emerged that Toby Alderweireld has a £25million release clause in his contract.
French publication Le Soir, using information from Football Leaks, printed parts of the contract that Alderweireld signed when he joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
It showed that the Belgium centre-back can be prised from White Hart Lane if a buying club triggers the €30million release clause (£25.4million) in his Spurs deal.
— Le Soir+ (@lesoirplus) December 5, 2016
Spurs fans reacted in disbelief to the possibility that the club’s defensive rock could be bought for a fee that most leading Premier League clubs could afford.
Many Tottenham fans refused to believe the possibility that long-standing chairman Daniel Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, would allow a release clause to be inserted into the contract of one of the team’s leading players.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Any truth in the Alderweireld £25 million release clause?
— The Spurs Bible (@The_Spurs_Bible) December 5, 2016
There is absolutely 0 chance that Alderweireld has a release clause in his contract and at £25m??
— Jay (@jayrobins__) December 5, 2016
Lol Alderweireld for just 30m? Levy will rather eat poison than allow that to happen.
— TèmilOlúwa (@Temphiz) December 5, 2016
Spurs won’t sell Alderweireld for £25m. Not happening. And they definitely wouldn’t let him move to a London rival.
— Ross☃️ (@ZoumaIdini) December 5, 2016
— The Spurs Compendium (@SpursCompendium) December 5, 2016
Other fans reacted sarcastically to the news that Alderweireld can be prised from White Hart Lane for a relatively affordable sum.
I don’t know about you but even if Alderweireld’s fit I wouldn’t split up the Dier/Vert partnership. In fact, Alderweireld’s a bit rubbish
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) December 5, 2016
Alderweireld has been one of the Premier League’s outstanding defenders over the last 18 months and was named in the division’s PFA team of the season at the end of his debut campaign.
He has missed Spurs’ last 10 matches with a knee injury but returned to full training last week and is on the verge of making a first-team return.
Alderweireld is likely to slot straight back in the team against Manchester United on Sunday if he is passed fit to play.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an £11million Celtic sensation has revealed he had a trial at Tottenham but was rejected due to his size.