Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld says his performances this season show he is happy to stay at Spurs.
The Belgian defender looked set to leave the club in the summer after being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but instead has found himself becoming Tottenham’s main central defender this season.
Tottenham activated an option to extend the 29-year-old’s contract by a further 12 months until the summer of 2020. However, it also has a £25million release clause that runs up to the last two weeks of the summer transfer window. The transfer fee represents peanuts in today’s modern football and is likely to attract bids from Europe’s top clubs.
Alderweireld was once again in action for Spurs last night after they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi final against Chelsea at Wembley.
Tottenham fans will be hoping that Daniel Levy can sit down with Alderweireld’s representatives and finally thrash out a deal that suits both parties to keep him at the club.
“I’m very happy to stay another year,” Alderweireld told the Standard. “It was [a one-year extension] in my contract and I’m happy Spurs gave me the confidence to stay another year.”
Asked about the release clause, the Belgium defender said: “People can see that every time I play that I give 100 per cent for this club — this is what I keep doing every time I play.
“I’m only focused on things on the pitch. This is my fourth season and I’m very happy. I’m doing everything to help the team.”
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