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.
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.
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.