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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