Toby Alderweireld’s recent absence from Tottenham Hotspur’s squad has led to speculation over his future.
It is widely known that the defender has not signed a new contract yet, which naturally sparks rumours about a possible exit.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has since explained that Alderweireld was left out of the squad to face Arsenal, as well as the travelling party to play Juventus in the Champions League due to his recent injury troubles.
The Argentine boss has indicated that the Belgian needs to work on his fitness having only recently returned to action following a three-month layoff with a hamstring injury.
According to ESPN, talks between Tottenham and Alderweireld regarding a new contract have broken down, with the North London outfit reluctant to meet the defender’s wage demands of around £150,000 per week.
Charlie Nicholas, though, does not think that Pochettino’s decision to leave one of his key players out of recent important matches has anything to do with the 28-year-old’s future.
While discussing the upcoming FA Cup games in a piece for Sky Sports, the Scotsman said:
“I think [the tie against Rochdale] will be another game for Toby Alderweireld to be eased back in again. I don’t think there is anything more to his absence than managing his recovery because Pochettino is a very honest and open man.”