You’d think we’d be done talking about Toby Alderweireld’s contract, but nope! Although the big Belgian wasn’t sold to Manchester United (or anywhere else for that matter), there’s still a lot of ambiguity over his future at Tottenham Hotspur as he’s still on his original deal, one that will allow him to leave for just £25m this coming summer.
However! Belgian newspaper HLN has now sparked hope for Spurs fans, suggesting that the club might just try one more time to get Toby to sign another contract extension, one that is without such things as “release clauses” and includes things like “a healthy pay raise.”
Here’s the relevant paragraph from HLN’s report, (badly) translated by the Google machine:
A message circulated around Tottenham yesterday that Spurs would try one last time to renew [his] expiring contract (there is still an option to extend it until 2020 with the activation of a €29 million release clause). The club did not want to confirm that. Talks about a new agreement abruptly ended around the turn of the year. Alderweireld wanted a transfer, but [interested] clubs stumbled over Spurs’ high asking price.
Could it be? Well maybe, but I’m not getting my hopes up too high quite yet. Pochettino has apparently been true to his word about giving all of his players a fresh start, to the extent that Alderweireld has started each of Spurs’ last two matches. Toby likewise hasn’t sulked after the transfer to Manchester United didn’t materialize. He’s not getting any younger and there’s the hope that Spurs might be able to convince him to take a good-sized pay bump to stay at Spurs, knowing that the stratospheric pay bump he wants at another club may not materialize.
Or, y’know, he could just be a model professional, play out his contract, and leave for £25m. I think that may be the more likely scenario, but you never know.
I’m a little dubious about this report, both because of how it’s worded (it’s based on an internal rumor with no sourcing) and because thus far Belgian HLN journalist Kristof Terreur has stayed mum about this story. Kristof is about as solid a confirmation as you’ll get regarding Belgian footballers, so I’m waiting for that.
However, it’s a good thing to live in hope. Who would begrudge anyone for doing that and believing that Toby might just stay at Tottenham forever?