In an interview with SkySports, during preparations to face Manchester City in Nashville tonight, stalwart defender Toby Alderweireld revealed that there are no updates on talks over a new contract.
Since signing for Tottenham in 2015, the Belgian international has emerged as a crucial member of the first-team, partnering up with international team-mate Jan Vertonghen and twice keeping the best defence in the league in as many seasons.
Considering the 28 year old’s current contract at the club runs out in Summer 2019, most would have expected Tottenham to renew the defender’s deal earlier in the year before, so as to ward off any transfer interest during the current transfer window.
In December, SkySports reported that the 28 year old would be sitting down with the Tottenham hierarchy to negotiate a new deal, however now in July, Toby is apparently still waiting for an offer.
More recently, in June, Alderweireld quashed rumours he’d be leaving the club by revealing that he had not yet extended his contract at Spurs only because he had not been offered to opportunity to do so.
Speaking to SkySports ahead of Tottenham’s International Champions Cup clash with Manchester City, Alderweireld disclosed once again that there has been ‘zero’ progress on contract talks. When asked for contract news, he said:
“No news that I know of so nothing…zero.”
Despite this, the Belgian was still looking to the future as he discussed the upcoming season and the fixtures ahead, where he claimed that pre-season was so far going according to plan.
“We’ve said a lot of times we have a young squad who wants to develop themselves,” He added. “And we have another season under the belt so now we can try to improve ourselves and even play better.”
“We’re training very hard to get into the right condition to play games and win competitions – everything is going well and this is what pre-season is all about.”
The 28 year old then opened up on the prospect of facing former team-mate Kyle Walker in the match against Manchester City tonight, suggesting that the Englishman is one of the league’s best. He said:
“Everybody is sad that he left. He is one of the best full-backs in the world and unfortunately he goes to another (Premier League) team, but we have to focus ourselves to win the game.”
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