Pochettino gives green light for Tottenham senior ace to leave at end of the season - Telegraph
By Richard Parks
Toby Alderweireld is expected to leave Tottenham at the end of the season after contract talks were frozen, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that negotiations over a new deal have been put on hold and that it is now likely the Belgium international’s three-year spell at Spurs will be terminated in the summer.
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.
Alderweireld has played only two matches for Tottenham since tearing a hamstring at the start of November.
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But he is now back to full fitness and played 90 minutes for Belgium in their 4-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night.
Football Insider verdict:
This is Kyle Walker mark II. Spurs fans can be forgiven for moaning that they have seen this movie before. The ‘drip drip’ of reports and public hints make it clear that the only outcome will a big-money summer exit. Unlike with Walker, a fine full-back but a dispensable one, Alderweireld is 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. Ultimately, the team’s 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.