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‘Football Leaks’ Reveals Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld Has A Surprisingly Low Release Clause

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur comes out to warm up during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Football Leaks has turned its attention to members of the Belgian national team, and has unearthed a surprising stipulation of Toby Alderweireld’s  Tottenham contract.

According to the prominent whistleblowers, the centre-back has a release clause of just €30m in the contract he signed upon joining the Premier League side in 2015.

Considering he joined Tottenham from Atlético Madrid for a fee of €16m 18 months ago, and has since become one of the best defenders in the league, this buyout clause seems remarkably low and a massive error of judgment on Spurs’ part (assuming of course that it wasn’t a major sticking point in the 27-year-old’s signature).

Should this release clause turn out to be accurate (and Kristof Terreur’s endorsement suggests there is a degree of truth to it), Tottenham will surely have battle on their hands to keep hold of Alderweireld now that it has become public knowledge – especially if they don’t secure a top four finish this season.

His contract runs until 2020, so there is no immediate need to sign a new deal aside of taking out the clause, but with Chelsea on the lookout for a central defender next summer when John Terry departs, €30m would be pocket change for a defender of Alderweireld’s calibre – certainly better value than the £50m they were bidding for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (L) and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Other leaks surrounding the side pertained to the wages of players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Divock Origi of Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, but Alderweireld’s release clause was by far the most interesting and surprising revelation.

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Author: The PA Team

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