Report: Tottenham defender does not intend to sign new deal with release clause looming

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According to reports in Italy, Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has told the club of his decision to forego the signing of a new contract.

The story came from transfer news Godfather, Gianluca Di Marzio, who says Alderweirdeld has a £23.4m release clause in his current deal and doesn’t intend to sign an extension.

Last month the Daily Mail reported that Spurs were close to securing the defender on a 5-year deal but that no longer seems to be the case.

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However, Spurs have managed to tie down key players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris.

This update is unlikely to please Mauricio Pochettino, who views Alderweireld as one of his more prominent defensive figures and a key part of Spurs’ future.

Alderweireld, on the other hand, recently stated that Pochettino is one of the greatest managers he’s worked under.

“Sometimes it’s a good result and sometimes a bad result – but he stands by his philosophy. He doesn’t want to change and it’s the way we want to get success, with good football and pressure. 

“And it’s good to have a manager who is very clear. He’s up there with the best I’ve played for.

“But I’ve been very luck to have been under some of the world’s best managers. Diego Simeone, Frank de Boer, Marco van Basten, fantastic names.

“Maurico gets across his ideas to the group and we know exactly what he wants. 

“Now I think he is one of the best in the world.”

Losing Alderweireld would be disastrous for Spurs and would leave a hard-to-fill hole in defence. What’s more is that Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are also wanted by an array of clubs which should accelerate a plentiful amount of transfer speculation throughout the summer.

Alderweireld is a Spurs player for now at least, but Pochettino ought to be do his utmost to keep things that way.

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