Tottenham close to tying defensive star down to new deal

Date published: Wednesday 1st March 2017 9:55

Tottenham are on the brink of agreeing a new contract with Toby Alderweireld which will wipe out a key clause in his existing deal, according to reports.

The new deal would mean that a £25million release clause – reported in the Daily Mail – would be active in 2019 if Spurs took up their option on the Belgian.

However, The Sun claims that the north Londoners are keen to remove any clause by offering the centre-back terms on a fresh five-year deal to remain at White Hart Lane.

With Alderweireld one of the best defenders in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be keen to tie him down to a new deal after Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris all committed their futures recently.

The Belgium international’s relationship with Pochettino is thought to be a key reason for him wanting to stay with him speaking glowingly about his boss in the past.

“The manager is very important. He has an idea how he wants us to play,” Alderweireld said.

“Sometimes it’s a good result and sometimes a bad result — but he stands by his philosophy.

“He doesn’t want to change and it’s the way we want to get success, with good football and pressure.”

Alderweireld has helped Tottenham to second in the Premier League this season and he can expect weekly wages of around £75,000 if he puts pen to paper.

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