According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur’s contract negotiations with stalwart defender Toby Alderweireld have reached a standstill as the Belgian international seeks parity with the club’s top earners.
The future of 28 year old centre-back Toby Alderweireld has been the subject of minor speculation since the conclusion of the 2016-17 Premier League season when most of Tottenham’s key players were tied down to lengthy new contracts, except for Toby.
While most were expecting for a new contract to be signed at some point during the Summer, the new season has now began and there has still been no announcement of a new deal.
The Daily Mail reports that both Spurs and Toby are trying to put that right with negotiations having already been underway over a contract extension anyway, however it is also reported that those negotiations have hit a dead-end.
According to the article from The Daily Mail, Alderweireld seeks salary parity with the club’s top earners, who are understood to be on a figure close to £110,000 per week, which would double his current weekly wages of £50,000.
Toby is quite easily one of the league’s best defenders, and if it were revealed that the Belgian wanted to leave Tottenham, many clubs would likely line up to sign the centre-back.
Manchester City, who’ve already spent big money on a Spurs defender this Summer, are rumoured to be monitoring the situation in the hopes of luring Alderweireld to The Etihad with the promise of a considerable pay-rise.
However, thankfully for Spurs, Toby still has plenty of time left on his current deal to re-negotiate before becoming available on a free transfer, and it is also understood that both parties are keen to reach an eventual agreement.
Commenting on the situation, Tottenham gaffer Mauricio Pochettino told Football.London:
“Toby is like other players, they have contracts. They signed their contracts and they were so happy when they signed their contracts.”
“He still has a three-year contract. I explain the situation but it’s another rumour in the media.”
While it is unknown whether or not discussion will continue any time soon, a contract renewal of this calibre will likely raise further questions in the media about Tottenham’s limiting wage structure.