Toby Alderweireld remains coy on Tottenham Hotspur future

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld has remained coy on his future with Tottenham as he approaches a significant period in his contract, as quoted by Metro.

What’s the word?

Major changes are taking place in North London as Tottenham prepare to finally move to their new stadium, while there could be a shake-up to Mauricio Pochettino’s playing continent during the coming year.

One of those whose future is uncertain is Toby Alderweireld as he is rapidly approaching the final months of his contract and, although Tottenham have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months, activating that would see a release clause of £25m become active.

That price is far below his market value and it is not clear what will happen next year, with Alderweireld remaining coy on his future in quotes published by Metro.

What was said?

“Honestly, I’m not thinking about it at the moment. I feel good and I’m playing so I’m happy. We’ll see what happens.”

What will happen?

At this stage, it is extremely difficult to predict what will happen with Alderweireld and Tottenham as there have been no signs of progression in negotiations for a new deal, which hands Pochettino a difficult decision to make.

The Lilywhites could opt to cash-in during the January transfer window, avoiding the chance of him leaving for a minimal release clause of £25m in the summer, but it is unlikely that the Lilywhites will earn a fee that is much higher than that price.

Replacing the Belgium international, who has featured in seven of Spurs’ eight league games this season, would be an extremely difficult task though and one that would prove expensive – his latest coy comments are surely a hint that he is set to go in 2019, however.