Toby Alderweireld speaks about Tottenham contract situation

Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has said that he is content with his stay with Tottenham Hotspur despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. The versatile defender has been in a contract standoff with the north London club over the past year but this has however not hampered his performances on the playing field.

Speaking in a news conference, Alderweireld stressed that he is clearly happy with the proceedings with Spurs and he is not looking too far into the future, he said: “Honestly, I am absolutely not thinking about it at the moment. I feel good, play a lot right now and, therefore, am happy. We shall see.”

Alderweireld presently has just nine months left on his current contract with the north London giants and talks have seemingly stalled over an extension. According to reports, the Belgian is said to be eyeing as much as £200,000-a-week to pen a new contract but that does not appear like happening with Spurs reluctant to offer him anymore than £120,000-a-week.

As such, Spurs don’t seem have the option other than the triggering the one-year extension clause present on his current contract but that also comes at some cost, given the renewal would automatically attach a £25m release clause. Unlike the previous season, Alderweireld has been a vital figure for Spurs since the start of the campaign and he has already featured in seven of the club’s eight league matches.

At present, Spurs are expected to be without Jan Vertonghen until Decemberthrough injury and this should only increase the workload on Alderweireld as the club embark on competing across three competitions. The north London side are currently positioned fifth on the Premier League table with 18 points. They are presently behind the final Champions League spot occupied by Arsenal on only goal difference.