Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has insisted that he is content at Tottenham Hotspur despite their reluctance to offer him an improved contract.
The versatile defender was thought to be unhappy about the matter after his representative recently urged Spurs to show their trust towards one of their key first-team players.
Mauricio Pochettino has since suggested that all is well between him and Alderweireld after having held a positive meeting with the former Atletico Madrid man. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Belgian shared the same opinion by stating that he is more concerned about his game with the World Cup coming along in nine months’ time.
He said: “I had a good conversation with the manager. I told him I’m focused on football, to keep my game up and help the team. That’s all I can do. You can see I’m happy there, and I try to help the team, and that’s the way I always play football. Asked if he’d been offered a new deal yet, Alderweireld replied: “No, like I said, I am focused on football. The rest, I don’t know, we will see about that.”
Alderweireld joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2015, and he has since formed an excellent bond alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the defence. The likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris among others, have all signed long-term deals on improved contracts, but Alderweireld has yet to receive a suitable contract offer on the table.
Tottenham have a strict wage policy under Daniel Levy, and it is suggested that Alderweireld’s demands of a £100,000-a-week package have slowed down negotiations over a fresh deal. Players like Danny Rose have already voiced concerns over the low wages at Spurs, and the club may have to tweak the rule in the future to keep hold of their star players. Alderweireld is currently contracted to Tottenham until the summer of 2020.