Mauricio Pochettino has given the biggest hint yet that the club are ready to call Toby Alderweireld’s bluff as he continues to stall on contract negotiations.

The Belgian is again a doubt for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace having pulled out of training on Thursday and missing Friday’s session as the result of an injury to a slightly different area of his same problem right leg.

Toby is looking for one final payday of around three-times his current deal but the club are refusing to be held to ransom all the time that Jan Vertonghen, 30, continues to develop a sound partnership with 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez.

And according to The Daily Express it is one that Pochettino sees lasting up to another decade.

“They have a fantastic partnership,” said Pochettino . “Davinson has pace and energy, he is so fast, but he still needs to improve in different aspects and Jan is the perfect partner to help him to achieve all that we believe he can achieve.

He added: “And he is an athlete – he could play until he is 40 because his physical condition comes very naturally to him. He is like my new dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback.”

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