In Focus: Alderweireld wants Tottenham stay despite contract talks not progressing

According to an interview he did with Sky Sports News, Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has insisted that he is happy at the club despite the protracted discussions over a new contract not yet yielding a result.

What’s the word, then?

Well, according to Sky Sports News the Belgium international, who is currently away with his country on international duty, was due to open talks with the north London outfit over extending his deal in December.

While his lawyer recently urged Spurs to offer his client improved terms following two impressive seasons under Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine insisted that the player is content following a recent meeting between the two.

What did Alderweireld say?

The 28-year-old told Sky Sports News: “I had a good conversation with the manager. I told him I’m focused on football, to keep my game up and help the team.

“That’s all I can do. You can see I’m happy there, and I try to help the team, and that’s the way I always play football.”

Asked if he had yet been made an offer by the club, he added: “No, like I said, I am focused on football. The rest, I don’t know, we will see about that.”

How come a deal hasn’t been agreed yet?

It’s difficult to say, but The Times reported back in May that talks had stalled because Alderweireld and his agent wanted a release clause included in any new contract, with Tottenham not keen on the idea.

Whether that is true or not, Spurs will be keen to get his future sorted out sooner rather than later with the centre-back forming such a strong partnership with Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez in a three-man defence this term.

What happens next?

Well, you would imagine that discussions between the two parties will continue until an agreement can be found on appropriate wages and contract terms that suit the player and the club.

Having established himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League, it is paramount that Tottenham keep hold of the Belgian if they want to continue to compete for the league title and progress in the Champions League.