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Tottenham Take Steps To Remove Toby Alderweireld’s €30m Release Clause

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld gives a press conference at the CSKA arena on September 26, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group E football match between CSKA Moscow and Tottenham in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s recent spate of contract renewals is set to continue, as the club plans to renew Toby Alderweireld’s deal.

Website Football Leaks caused something of a stir on Monday as it released information pertaining to the Belgian international’s current contract, including the allegation that he has a release clause of €30m on the five-year deal he signed on arrival at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2015.

The Guardian, who are reporting on Spurs’ plans to renew Alderweireld’s contract, have cleared up some of the finer points of the clause. Despite Tottenham’s strong denial of the clause’s existence, according to the Guardian that only goes so far as to say that there is no release clause currently active in the deal.

In other words, the clause does exist but it is not in play yet.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Bernardo Silva of Monaco and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and AS Monaco FC at Wembley Stadium on September 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The terms of Alderweireld’s contract are such that he would be available to leave on a free transfer in 2019 unless Tottenham trigger their option of extra year. Should they choose to do that, under the current agreement he would be available to leave for the aforementioned €30m up until mid-August, at which point the clause expires.

Spurs have renewed and extended the contracts of the vast majority of their key players from last season’s title challenge in order to reward them for their efforts, as well as warding off potential suitors, and they are eager to reward the 27-year-old, who has become one of the best defenders in the Premier League, in a similar manner.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after his team score during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on August 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

In the meantime, Alderweireld could be set for a return to action in Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow. The centre-back has been absent for six weeks with a knee injury, but will be hoping to feature at Wembley at some point with a view to starting the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday.

Author: The PA Team

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