Let’s face it: This morning has not been great if you’re a fan of Tottenham Hotspur. With the news about NBC’s polished turd, Arsenal ready to beat out club out for Thomas Lemar and Fulham finally getting pen to paper for Ryan Sessegnon, we’re already about tapped out on the negative front. How about some good news for a change today?
According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to re-open negotiations with Toby Alderweireld, who has been wanting a pay increase since last season.
They want Belgium international Alderweireld to be one of their highest-paid players, to ensure he is not lured away by clubs such as Chinese-backed Italian giants Inter Milan.
Defender Alderweireld, 28, is currently on around £50,000-a-week and wants parity with the likes of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, both of whom are on double that.
His current contract has two years left to run, but Spurs have an option to extend it by another 12 months until 2020 — and they have no intention of allowing him to leave.
Now, we all know that Spurs aren’t willing to hit that option to extend because it activates a release clause in his contract, opening him up to bidding by anyone. It’s been reported in the past that Toby’s agent has been pushing for a release clause to be inserted into the new deal as well, though there’s been no indication as to what that number would look like.
Since joining Spurs two seasons ago, Toby has been one of the most important players on the team. He is undroppable in the back line in any important match and has certainly earned the right to get a raise on his current wages.
I’m also quite aware that this is coming from The Mirror, but this is nothing new and we’ve known for months now that Spurs want to get this done. The rumor mill has gone a bit cold lately, so any news like this is good news. At 28 years old, while this won’t necessarily be Toby’s last big contract, it should be treated as such.
Get this deal done, Levy.