Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly insisted that the club must look at “each individual circumstance” when deciding if players nearing the end of their contracts should be kept on.
Spurs face the risk of losing Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the coming months, with all three entering the final year of their contract and able to sign pre-contracts with clubs in January.
Eriksen in particular has been the subject of heavy speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid while Manchester United have previously been credited with interest in bringing Alderweireld to Old Trafford.
According to Tottenham’s Supporters’ Trust – which met with Levy and his boardroom staff earlier this month – the club’s chairman was keen to make sure that players were in the right frame of mind before committing to staying in North London.
“Daniel Levy said that it wasn’t possible to make a anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to. Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue new opportunities elsewhere,” the minutes of the meeting read.
“He felt it was important to look at each individual circumstance. Players want new challenges. It wasn’t always about not wanting to play for Tottenham any more. The whole football system relies on buying and selling players so this is fundamental to the business.”
Levy was also reportedly pressed on Tottenham’s mixed start to the season, with the minutes saying: “Daniel Levy said he was very conscious of the high expectations, and he understood that.
“However, the club is not yet at the same revenue levels as the other top six clubs. He said they had just delivered a brand new, world-class stadium and that revenues would take time to come through, particularly as initial operating costs are high.”