What does Alderweireld’s contract extension mean for his Spurs future?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has been considered one of the best centre backs in the world for some time now, but is his time at Spurs finally up?

Mauricio Pochettino announced this week that Toby would follow Belgian team mate Jan Vertonghen in seeing his contract extended by an extra year (SkySports).

This would see his deal stretch until the summer of 2020, but unlike Vertonghen, Toby’s contract contains an inconvenient clause for Spurs.

With an extra year pegged onto the deal, Alderweireld will now be available to rival clubs for just £25m come the final two weeks of the summer transfer window.

This bargain opportunity is sure to see a whole host of teams throwing their names in the ring for his signature, but what does this development mean for Toby’s future?

What we know for certain is that he will be contracted until 2020, but that is the only fact set in stone for now.

It is extremely unlikely that Spurs would sell him in January after extending his contract, so we can rule that one out.

The way I see it, there are three other scenarios. One, Toby leaves the club in the summer for a fee of £25m. Two, he sees out his contract and leaves on a free in the summer of 2020. Or three, he enters his final year before signing a new deal at some point next season.

What do you think will happen?

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  1. I was thinking the same 3 scenarios today . It make sense to announce his contract extension now . This will give Toby time to negotiate with his prospective new club until the summer so that any bid comes in the last 2 weeks of the transfer window . can be trashed out quickly and Spurs will pocket the £25m. . The ideal situation for Spurs is that there isn’t a deal in place and the final 2 weeks will pass without a transfer completed . Hopefully , considering his own age and also Spurs has already move into a new stadium , Toby will be inclined to moderate his demands and sign a new deal when the window passed.


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