Tottenham star man set to quit next summer - reliable journalist
Toby Alderweireld is set to leave Tottenham next summer as his contract stalemate takes a new twist, according to a reliable journalist.
HLN correspondent Kristof Terreur has claimed on the Transfer Window Podcast that “everything points” to the defender, 28, quitting White Hart Lane at the end of the season.
Alderweireld is out of contract in the summer of 2019 and is one of the only members of Tottenham’s first team not to have been given a contract extension in the past 18 months.
The defender admitted on Friday that he has not even been offered a new contract by Spurs although he revealed he is happy at the club and has reiterated his commitment in talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Terreur, who writes for Belgian publication HLN, told the Transfer Window Podcast: “At this point he doesn’t want to sign a new deal. Everybody in English football knows how Daniel Levy works, he’s not the biggest spending chairman.
“Alderweireld has had two good seasons and knows what he can earn at other clubs.
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“He’s seen with team-mates like Kyle Walker what he can earn. He’s 28, he has to think ‘this could be my last big contract’. He wants the big money now.
“They still haven’t offered that new contract. That’s why other clubs are sniffing around.
“He’s not unhappy at Spurs, he likes to work under Pochettino. But if he can get double what he earns at Spurs, about £50,000-a-week, he might push for that move.
“At this point everything points to a move next summer.”
Football Insider verdict
The Spurs faithful quickly forgave the Kyle Walker sale, as it netted a £50million-plus fee and was swiftly followed by the arrivals of Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier. Were Alderweireld to be offloaded, the fans would be less understanding.The Belgian has developed into one of Europe’s outstanding centre-backs during his two-and-a-bit seasons at White Hart Lane. It is little wonder that the big guns are in hot pursuit. Tottenham are playing a dangerous game leaving one of their star players in limbo. Alderweireld is irreplaceable and Levy must push the boat out to ensure he stays, even if that means making him their best-paid player ahead of Harry Kane. Otherwise, Terreur is correct. It would appear that a mega-money transfer next summer that would blow the Walker deal out of the water would be inevitable.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have been hit by a devastating blow as a key first-teamer has been sidelined until next year.