Levy makes Tottenham contract revelation that fans will love
By Richard Parks
Tottenham fork out for “the most generous” bonus payments in the Premier League through highly incentivised player contracts, Daniel Levy has told club supporters.
In a meeting between the Spurs board and the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust last week, the club’s chairman gave some insight into how he manages to keep hold of key players such as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
The future of defender Toby Alderweireld has been thrust into the spotlight once again in recent days amid speculation that Tottenham have refused to alter their salary structure to accommodate his £150,000-a-week pay demands.
Intriguingly, Levy has revealed to the supporters’ trust that the bonuses paid to players by Tottenham are the biggest in the English top flight.
The minutes of the meeting read: “[Supporters’ Trust secretary] Peter Haine mentioned the bonus payments, also. It was felt the bonus structure and incentives should also be considered when discussing players wages as they comprised a significant part of the monies and are the most generous of any club in the Premier League.”
Football Insider verdict
The issue of Tottenham’s wage structure has climbed to the top of the agenda for supporters and observers of the club due to the Alderweireld contract issue. Levy’s bonus revelation is intriguing and goes some way to explaining how the canny negotiator has managed to keep hold of Kane and company when their basic salaries are dwarfed by rival players at the elite clubs. It appears to have worked as, Kyle Walker apart, the big guns have stayed and appeared content to settle for heavily incentivised contracts in which performances and success is key.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed the club are working on deals to sign up FIVE players, with three agreements virtually nailed on.
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