The following article is a special report; all information presented has been gleaned from Football FanCast sources unless stated otherwise.
Toby Alderweireld can earn up to £180,000-per-week at Tottenham Hotspur after signing a new contract at the club, sources have revealed to Football FanCast.
The Belgium international ended months of wrangling on Friday as he put pen to paper on a deal that ties him to Spurs until 2023.
Sources have told FFC that the defender, who will be 31 in March, will earn a basic salary of £150,000-per-week.
However, bonuses in addition to his basic salary – which sources say are easily attainable – can swell his salary to £180,000-per-week.
Per Spotrac, that would make him the third-highest paid player in north London, behind only Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele and ahead of Son Heung-Min. Alderweireld was previously earning £80,000-per-week.
The deal is a major coup for new manager Jose Mourinho, who has played an integral role in convincing Alderweireld to stay at the club.
Indeed, sources told FFC in the summer that Mauricio Pochettino, the previous manager, was unconcerned by the prospect of Alderweireld leaving the club. He had a clause in his deal that meant a £25m bid would have had to have been accepted.
Had an acceptable bid been tabled two summers ago, those familiar with Spurs’ recruitment have said that Pochettino would have pushed for it to be accepted.
However, Mourinho has admired Alderweireld since his time at Manchester United and is understood to have told chairman Daniel Levy he views the Belgian as a pivotal member of the squad he is attempting to build.
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There had been genuine fears amongst those within the Spurs boardroom that he could depart on a free transfer in the summer but that uncertainty has now been scotched.
Now, of course, Spurs have a decision to make over his countryman Jan Vertonghen.
The defender’s deal also expires in the summer and it remains to be seen if he will be convinced to commit his future to the club.
Christian Eriksen, the third of the trio of initial contract rebels, is almost certain to leave, barring a remarkable change of heart, and Juventus are hopeful of signing him next summer.
Meanwhile, Daniel Levy has broken his silence on Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking.