Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino gives Toby Alderweireld warning over new contract

25 February, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Nora May
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He has a clause in his contract which can see him extend his stay with Spurs for one year, but it also has another clause that will see him leave the club for £25.4m ($35.5m) 14 days before the transfer window. Pochettino thinks he has done enough to be offered a new deal.

"I think he is the complete centre-back".

There is in fact an argument to be made that Vertonghen has become the more valuable and important player and, coincidentally or not, Pochettino appeared keen to talk him up during Friday's press conference.

He has since developed into one of the Premier League's best centre-backs and Tottenham are sure to demand a huge fee for the Belgian, likely to rival the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January. "It's up to him but he could play until he's 40 because his physical condition comes very naturally to him". Before Pochettino's arrival his frustrations were often all too obvious from his expressions and gestures, and Spurs' manager recalls one incident in particular - in March 2014, when the Lilywhites were about to lose 4-0 at Anfield under Tim Sherwood. The great Paolo Maldini played at the highest level until the grand old age of 41, for example, and Giorgio Chiellini has been a big part of the Juventus defense that has conceded just one goal in 12 Serie A games, and he is approaching 34. "He was slouched in the tunnel".

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"I told him when I came: 'Why are you like that?" You are here for a battle! He looks like a 20-year-old.

Some may argue that at 29, Alderweireld is not getting any younger, and that cashing in on him now would be a wise move, especially when Spurs have other young upcoming defenders in the likes of Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth in their ranks.

"The club believe that he needs to be rewarded", he said.

There's no word as of yet as to how much the north Londoners would be seeking in order to sell their centre-back star, although his availability is sure to unearth a scramble among some of Europe's top clubs. "He is going to surprise many people".


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