Ex-Spurs player says what Tottenham fans will want to hear about Alderweireld

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As a general rule, if you have one of the very best central defensive partnerships in world football, the last thing you want to do is sell one of them.

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweirled have been playing with each other since their time in the Ajax youth ranks, continuing to forge a partnership at both Tottenham and for Belgium.

However, Alderweireld has been linked with a rather strange exit this week, with Sky Sports reporting that Roma are in talks with Spurs over a potential deal.

The chances of a player plus cash swap deal involving Alderweireld and £36m for Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo have also been thrown around recently (Calcio Mercato).

Alderweireld has just one year left on his current deal in North London and his contract includes a £25m buyout clause for the next ten days or so (Guardian).

However, with Roma not even having Champions League football next season, ex-Spurs man Pascal Chimbonda does not feel that Toby will make a step-down.

He said (SportingBet): “Alderweireld will only leave Tottenham for one of Europe’s elite clubs. There seems to be a wage issue between him and the club, but as a player, you also want to be playing at the highest level and I can’t see him taking a step backwards to earn more.

“Some players are happy to take a step back for a higher wage package but Alderweireld doesn’t seem to be a player with that mentality.

“I’m confident that he will be playing in a Tottenham shirt next season and he will feel confident that Tottenham can deliver a trophy.

“If Tottenham can keep hold of Alderweireld, then they won’t have to sign any defenders this summer transfer window.”

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  1. Theres only really Barca, Real or possibly Man City where Alderweireld could arguable go for football reasons. There also Bayern, Juventus and PSG have some prestige swell. Anywhere else is a step down and would just be a money grab. Ideally, what Id love more than anything is for Toby to sign a new deal and retire at Spurs, would also love Eriksen to sign a new deal and maybe move later at a better price than 70m (lets face it hes worth way more). With NDombele in and Lo Celso surely not far from signing, if we can fix right back by hook or by crook, we have a top team next season.

    Its mental that no one has bid for these two, which is something we should work on to keep everyone happy.


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