Tottenham must offer Toby Alderweireld improved terms or let him leave for another European club, says the player’s advisor.
Toby Alderweireld said in July there was no update on talks over a new contract at Tottenham ahead of the new season, with the defender’s current deal set to expire in the summer of 2019.
That contract contains a clause that says if Spurs trigger a year-long extension in 2019, Alderweireld can leave for a fee of £25m, and the club want to eradicate this clause from any new deal.
“When you look at Toby’s statistics, they are impressive. Either he deserves an appropriate contract, or else he should be given a transfer,” said Alderweireld’s advisor Stijn Francis, as quoted by The Sun.
“Seven or eight big European clubs are interested in signing him. There are not many central defenders around who can play like he can.
“But these clubs will have to negotiate with Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted last month that Spurs would open talks with Alderweireld after the close of the summer transfer window, and said the club-record signing of centre-back Davinson Sanchez had nothing to do with the Belgian’s future.
“It [Sanchez’ signing] is not related,” Pochettino said. “Today, I was talking for one hour with Toby. He is so happy here. The club now is so busy trying to add more quality to the team. It’s true that Davinson is more competition for our centre-backs but it can only be good.
“No doubt, when the window finishes, Daniel will try to work and make happy every single player of the club.”