Toby Alderweireld could stay at Tottenham Hotspur if they win the Champions League, according to former midfielder Danny Mills, per Football Insider.
Alderweireld’s current contract expires at the end of next season and he currently has a £25million release clause in his deal.
There is, clearly, lingering uncertainty over his future but Mauricio Pochettino continues to place his faith in the Belgium international, who has made 49 appearances in all competitions this season.
He has played in every game of Spurs’ run to the Champions League final, bar the opening encounter with Inter Milan, which the club lost 2-1.
And Mills believes that Alderweireld could be convinced to remain at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if the club manage to win the tournament; they face Liverpool on June 1 in Madrid.
He said: “Alderweireld is expected to go, but there could be a shock U-turn if they win the Champions League.
“Players change their minds. If you are a Champions League winner, where is better?
“If the club says, ‘here is more money’ and they can come to an agreement over wages, why not?
“Certainly, Alderweireld is a top-class centre-back who Spurs would not want to lose. He is still fairly young and can be a big player for plenty of years.”
It feels as though it would be the perfect end for Alderweireld at Spurs, to win the Champions League and head off into the sunset, his stock as high as it has ever been.
Mills perhaps has too much of a romanticised notion of the centre-back’s thought processes; he could earn so much more by making a move to a so-called super club, the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG.
And they would surely be interested if Alderweireld were to be crowned a champion of Europe.
Fans, of course, will want to believe what Mills is saying.
But it is more likely that the defender will be heading off regardless.