Tottenham Hotspur have been willing to listen to offers for central defender Toby Alderweireld, according to The Mirror.
The Belgian centre-back started in the club’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa in their first Premier League game of the season.
The Belgium international has a year left on his contract, and according to the report, is willing to run down his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
There has been no serious interest in the centre-back, who is able to discuss a deal with foreign clubs from January onwards.
Alderweireld had a £25m release clause that expired two weeks before the close of the transfer window in England. However, there has been a lack of serious interest in the defender, with only Roma enquiring for his services.
He was in brilliant form for the north London giants last season, helping them reach their first-ever Champions League final.
The 30-year-old made the joint-most blocks and the most clearances out of any defender in the Spurs defence in last season’s Champions League (as per WhoScored).
It was a similar story in the Premier League, where Alderweireld made more blocks and more clearances and committed the least amount of fouls than any other Spurs defender.
And it’s the average number of fouls conceded in the Premier League which really stands out for Alderweireld. Last term, he committed just 0.3 fouls per game, which is incredible for a defender. That calm nature in defence would surely be missed.
Alderweireld is a brilliant defender that cannot be replaced if sold in the time left in the European transfer market. Despite the threat of leaving on a free next summer, he needs to be retained as he is a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence.
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