Tottenham are in a huge mess after contract row with Mr Irreplaceable takes new reported twist

COMMENT By Richard Parks

Tottenham have got themselves into a huge mess over Toby Alderweireld.

This situation is Kyle Walker mark II. Who can blame Spurs fans for moaning that they have seen this movie before?

Except, this is worse as at least Walker had committed to a long-term contract and could be sold for absolute top dollar, £50million-plus as it turned out.

That won’t be the case with Alderweireld.

The Telegraph claim that negotiations with the Belgium international over a new deal have been put on hold and that it is now likely his three-year spell at Spurs will be terminated in the summer.

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It is said that Mauricio Pochettino has given his “blessing” for Alderweireld, 29, to leave in line with the policy outlined by chairman Daniel Levy, who insists that the manager has the final say on exits regardless of contract situations.

Alderweireld is out of contract at Spurs in the summer of 2019 and, if the club trigger an option to extend it by a further 12 months, it would bring a £25million release clause into play.

The ‘drip drip’ of reports, public hints and loaded Twitter messages make it clear that the only outcome will a big-money summer exit.

The word is that Spurs will settle for £40million for a player who can leave for £15million less than that if he chooses to sit tight for another year.

Unlike with Walker, a fine full-back but a dispensable one, Alderweireld is a player they cannot do without. He is Mr Irreplaceable.

Davinson Sanchez has had a fine debut season but he is miles off the Belgian’s level. By contrast, Kieran Tripper was already in place as a player not far off the standard of Walker.

Spurs can’t keep selling their star players even at the rate of one every summer. Ultimately, the team’s eyecatching and highly laudable progress will come to a shuddering halt.


In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have ripped up the contract of a defender.

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