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Tottenham to extend the contract of former Southampton player.

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Pocchetino confirms the extension of their Belgium international defender until 2020.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed the club will activate a year-long extension option in Toby Alderweireld’s contract to keep him at the club until 2020. As the Belgium international’s current deal runs out next year.

In doing so, however, the club will activate a clause that states the Belgium international can leave for £25million this summer, instead of on a Bosman free transfer.  He should not sign a new long-term deal beforehand.

But Spurs would have to receive that £25million offer from another club in 14 or more days before the end of the summer 2019 transfer window.

The 29-year-old has been with Tottenham since 2015. He joined Tottenham on a five-year contract which runs until the summer of 2020. During his first season at Tottenham, Alderweireld has been recognised by commentators as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

His amazing form made Tottenham to achieve the best defensive record in the Premier League.

Pochettino said of triggering the 29-year-old’s clause,

Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as for Jan(Vertonghen)”

Sky Sports News understands Alderweireld was available for £25million last summer but no club made a formal approach.

It is understood, Spurs have never had a formal approach from any club to sign the defender since he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for £11.5m.
Alderweireld was a target for Manchester United last summer but the two clubs were apart in their valuation for a deal, according to Sky sources.
Author’s take:
The former Southampton man has been a key player for Tottenham this season having made 24 appearances in all competitions, including 17 in the Premier League.
He is known as the best defender.
So it is obvious that Tottenham won’t let go their world class defender so easily. Only if a suitable approach is made by any overseas club then only he will be given on loan at £25m.

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