Toby Alderweireld has followed Danny Rose in going public over his displeasure about his contract situation at Tottenham Hotspur – but unlike Rose, the 28-year-old has done it more discreetly through his agent.
Alderweireld who, according to the Telegraph, Manchester City and Chelsea have asked to be kept informed about, has a £50,000-a-week deal until 2019 at the North London club, but if Spurs use their option to extend his deal it would trigger a new £25million release clause, which would make him great value on the current market.
Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium, Toby’s agent Stijn Francis was quite blunt about how he and the centre-back feel about the contract stalemate.
“Toby is always good. Even after his injury he recovered well. Tottenham’s statistics fell sharply during his absence.
“If you only look at his figures, Toby is impressive and for his performances, he deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer.
“For a transfer, you know that he can only leave Tottenham for seven or eight teams and almost all the other top clubs are interested in Toby.
“There are not a lot of central defenders of his kind, so they are sought after. But those clubs also know that they have to negotiate with (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy.”
Tottenham are known for a strict wage structure that sees even the likes of West Ham pay top earners more, and may soon have to raise that ceiling to keep the likes of Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Dele Alli at the club.
Though they wouldn’t be obligated to sell Alderweireld next summer even if he doesn’t accept a new contract that removes the potential £25million release clause, Spurs may be pressured into selling a player who appears to be disillusioned by an ongoing impasse over a new deal. And both Man City and Chelsea are monitoring developments eagerly…