All doubts over Toby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham Hotspur are finally over as the player penned down a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the Lilly Whites, putting an end to any speculations once and for all.
Alderweireld’s new contract keeps him at Spurs until 2023, by the time he will turn 34 years old and which pretty much means he will be finishing his career at Tottenham.
An official club statement read:
We are delighted to announce that Toby Alderweireld has signed a new contract with the Club until 2023.
The central defender from Wilrijk, Belgium, joined us from Atletico Madrid in July, 2015, and has made 179 appearances for us in all competitions.
The defender is thought to be offered an improved deal worth around £150,000-a-week – which is pretty much the thrice of his previous £50,000-a-week contract. Center-half was going to run out of his contract by the end of the current season.
The improved contract clearly signals that the new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho values the Belgian a lot. Tottenham aren’t known to be great paymasters, however, things seem to be changing at the White hart Lane.
The new deal would come as a welcome change for both Toby, who has long wanted a lucrative contract to see out his top-level career, and new Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, who was influential in persuading Alderweireld to finally commit his future at the club.
While Mourinho’s arrival has undoubtedly aided negotiations, Alderweireld and his family are believed to be very happy in London, with his wife also expecting a second child.
Alderweireld would have been able to discuss a free transfer with overseas clubs from January 1. In another news, Hertha Berlin are said to be interested in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama.