Nothing sends Tottenham fans into panic quite like the news that Toby Alderweireld could easily be bought by other clubs this summer.
Unconfirmed reports were claiming that the Belgian had a clause allowing him to leave for just £30million, something of a bargain considering his prestige as one of the Premier League’s most accomplished centre-backs.
Entering into the complex and undesirable world of release clauses certainly doesn’t sound like something Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would do, as he must have known the inclusion of such a clause would spark a bidding war for the defender.
However, Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph insists that Tottenham sources are adamant that the reports are false, as no player at the club has such a deal in place.
Tottenham tonight adamant that none of their players have release clauses in their contracts #thfc
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 5, 2016
Nonetheless, it has brought Alderweireld’s current status to the forefront of everyone’s minds; the former Southampton man hasn’t been given an extension since he joined in the summer of 2015, and with a host of other stars all committing their futures, it seems strange that he’s yet to join that list.
That means the 27-year-old needs to be the club’s joint priority alongside captain Hugo Lloris, as if Mauricio Pochettino’s project is to succeed, they need to start getting more commitment across the board.