Toby Alderweireld has confirmed that he expects to stay at Tottenham Hotspur next season, per DH.
The Belgium international has long been linked with a move away from Spurs, having signed a new contract in 2018 that includes a £25m release clause.
Alderweireld has been linked with Manchester United but, speaking in the wake of Belgium’s win over Kazakhstan, he has outlined his intention to remain in north London.
He said: “Yes, yes, I still have a contract. So, I’ll be there.
“After a few weeks of vacation, I’ll have the freshness and the desire to start the season again at Tottenham.”
The central defender made a total of 50 appearances throughout the season and played the entire 90 minutes in the club’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.
Chairman Daniel Levy needs to get straight on the phone to Alderweireld’s agent and ensure that the Belgian commits his future to the club as soon as possible.
There is no excuse, now, with the 30-year-old clearly open to remaining in north London.
He is one of few genuinely world-class central defenders in the Premier League and Spurs cannot afford to lose him for such a negligible fee, especially to a top-six rival.
He is one-half of perhaps the best centre-back pairing Spurs have had in the modern era, along with Jan Vertonghen, and is key to the way Mauricio Pochettino plays.
His distribution from the back is exceptional and he is superb in the tackle too.
Ensuring that he remains at the club is key to Spurs’ future.