Tottenham player frustrated by Liverpool ace's £180,000-a-week contract - report
By Richard Parks
Toby Alderweireld is frustrated at how his Tottenham wages pale in comparison to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, according to a report.
The Independent claim that Alderweireld’s salary demands are at the heart of his contract deadlock with Spurs.
It is said that the Belgium international’s representatives see Virgil van Dijk’s recently signed £180,000-a-week deal with Liverpool as setting a new baseline for top defenders.
The Holland international joined the Merseyside giants for a club-record £75million last month and came at a time when Alderweireld was negotiating a new deal.
His current agreement expires in the summer of 2019 and, although Spurs have the option to extend it by 12 months, that would activate a £25million release clause.
Tottenham would only be able to sell Alderweireld, 28, at his £50million-plus market value if they were to cash in on him in the summer transfer window.
Football Insider verdict:
Selling Kyle Walker for £50million was one thing. Offloading Alderweireld, one of the premier centre-backs in not only the Premier League but the entire world, would be on another level entirely. Spurs are clearly preparing their fanbase for his departure and this promises to be a painful and drawn-out exit. The Belgian has been outstanding for three seasons and delivered performances on a consistent level that no Spurs defender has matched for the last four years. It is logical that he looks at Van Dijk’s fabulous Liverpool deal and is envious. That is human nature. If any player is worth restructuring Spurs’ salary structure for, it is the brilliant Belgian. He is every bit as important as current top earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
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