Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed the club will trigger an extension clause in Toby Alderweireld’s contract.
The Belgium defender is out of contract at the end of the season, but has a year’s option to run until 2020.
However, activating that option means the player will have a £25million release clause that runs up to the last two weeks of the summer transfer window.
It means he could leave the club for a pittance at the end of the season, if he doesn’t pen a fresh deal with Tottenham.
Speaking on Thursday, Pochettino said: “Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan [Vertonghen].”
Alderweireld appeared set to leave Spurs in the previous transfer window after the club refused to bow to the player’s wage demands.
Manchester United were linked with a strong interest, but he ended up staying in north London.
After a period out-of-favour with boss Pochettino, the Belgian star has worked his way back into the first-team and is once again a key player for Tottenham.
His solid performances at the back have been the foundation of Spurs’ climb up the Premier League table, with the side currently second, six points below leaders Liverpool.
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