Toby Alderweireld is yet to get a new contract from Tottenham, and the Belgian star spoke to Sky Sports News regarding his situation at the club. As we all know, the former Ajax man has a contract valid until 2019 (with the option of one year extension) but has been stuck in contract negotiations with the club since December 2016.
Alderweireld is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and it is not a surprise that he has done well alongside international teammate Jan Vertonghen. The duo formed a great pair for us last season but have done even better in a back-3 this time around.
Davinson Sanchez, another Ajax man, joined Alderweireld and Vertonghen and he too has been a revelation. It does seem extremely odd that the situation with Alderweireld has not been taken care of as yet but the 28-year-old is happy sticking with us and is not thinking about clambering for a new contract yet.
“I had a good conversation with the manager. I told him I’m focused on football, to keep my game up and help the team.
“That’s all I can do. You can see I’m happy there, and I try to help the team, and that’s the way I always play football.”
The Belgian was also asked if he was presented with an offer by the club for a new contract, to which he replied:
“No, like I said, I am focused on football. The rest, I don’t know, we will see about that.”
The bone of contention regarding Toby’s contract extension seems to be his wage and that is something we have been adamant on not increasing all too much.
The 28-year-old wants to be one of the highest paid players at the club, on the level of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris but it seems like Daniel Levy and the team are not willing to meet his demands.
There have been reports that a number of top European clubs want to sign the player up and with his wage being just £50,000-£60,000 per week, clubs such as Barcelona or Real Madrid could easily double that, even triple it in an instant.
Losing Alderweireld would be a major problem for us given that he has formed a great partnership with Vertonghen. He still has a few years of quality football left in him.
It does make little sense for us to not be held for a ransom by any player but given that Alderweireld is quality, we should complete dealing with him as quickly as possible.