A host of Tottenham Hotspur players fear Toby Alderweireld will leave the club in the summer to either join Manchester United or Chelsea, various reports suggest. The 28-year-old is yet to agree on a new deal with Spurs and recently didn’t travel with the squad for their first leg of Champions League round of 16 clash with Juventus.
Alderweireld, who will be out of contract in June 2019, is being tracked by Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. According to the Sun, the senior players of Tottenham are afraid of seeing the defender follow the footsteps of Kyle Walker out of the club.
Since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2015, Alderweireld has developed into a top centre-half as many consider him to be the best in the Premier League.
It is reported that if Spurs activate a one-year extension after next term, the Belgian would have a £25m release clause active for 14 days. This could see interested clubs, including Manchester United, take advantage of that situation should the North Londoners activate his one-year extension.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino refused to speak a single thing when asked about the defender’s future this week.
“I am not going to speak about rumours. You know very well I never speak about rumour,” Pochettino said.
“There are many rumours about different players in the media and different rumours about myself too. You know I am not going to speak about rumours.”
Danny Murphy, former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder, has urged Spurs to tie down Alderweireld to a new contract to fend off any interest from other clubs.
“Tottenham need to sort out his future as quickly as possible,” Murphy told the Evening Standard. (h/t Metro)
“He is a top-drawer player and if Spurs need to relax their wage structure to hang on to him, then they should.
“If Alderweireld were to join a top European club or, worse, one of Spurs’ Premier League rivals, what sort of message would that send to Spurs’ main men? There are always players you like to have in your team, who give you a boost when they return from injury, especially centre-backs.”
As far as United are concerned, Jose Mourinho seems unhappy with our defence and could take a dip in the market. Alderweireld is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and I won’t be surprised if Jose splashes the cash to lure him to Old Trafford.