Tottenham hit by major Alderweireld blow - report
By Harry Sykes
Toby Alderweireld’s agent has urged Tottenham to sell their star defender if they are not willing to offer him the contract he deserves.
Stijn Francis, who advises the Belgium international along with his father Vic, delivered the bombshell in the wake of the summer transfer window.
Francis insisted that Alderweireld is wanted by eight top clubs across the globe as a result of his outstanding form since joining Tottenham in the summer of 2015 from Atletico Madrid.
It has been widely reported that talks over a new contract have hit a stalemate and there is no sign of an agreement for one of Spurs’ key players.
“When you look at Toby’s statistics, they are impressive,” Francis said, as quoted by the Sun. “Either he deserves an appropriate contract, or else he should be given a transfer.
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“Seven or eight big European clubs are interested in signing him.
“There are not many central defenders around who can play like he can.
“But these clubs will have to negotiate with Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy.”
Alderweireld is said to be holding out for a massive upgrade on his current £50,000-a-week contract, which has two more years remaining plus an option for a further 12 months.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs fans who have welcomed new signing Davinson Sanchez will now fear that he is joining to replace Alderweireld in the medium term rather than play alongside him. The Belgian’s status as one of the Premier League’s outstanding centre-backs is unquestionable. Indeed, many White Hart Lane regulars regard him as not only on a par with Ledley King but on an ever higher plane. That is about as high praise as he can get. Sure, Alderweireld’s agent is making threats that will put the frighteners up many Spurs fans. What is for sure, he is irreplaceable and Levy must push the boat out to ensure he stays, even if that means making him their best-paid player.
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