Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to a great news that manager Mauricio Pochettino has penned a new five-year deal with the North London outfit, thus keeping him at the club until 2023.
The Argentine took over at Spurs back in 2014 and has since led them to three consecutive top four finishes in the Premier League, and as such have become one of the best teams in the country. However, the ex-Southampton chief has yet to end the club’s wait for a trophy, which stretches back to 2008, although several of our resident Tottenham fans are optimistic that he can be the man to bring some silverware to the club in the near future.
As such, there have been many delighted Spurs fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are now hoping that a deal for Pochettino can pave the way for their club to finally secure an agreement with defender Toby Alderweireld regarding his long-term future.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the club this summer given his ongoing contract situation, which if not renewed would see the Belgium international available for as little as £25 million next summer, 12 months before it expires.
And £25 million would without doubt be a bargain for one of the best defenders in the Premier League, yet he is someone that Spurs should seek to keep if they are to indeed mount a title challenge in the coming years.
Ultimately, the Belgian ace has proven his worth to the North London club ever since his move from Atletico Madrid back in 2015, with the 29-year-old playing an integral part in guiding Spurs to the best defensive records in both 2016 and 2017.
Yes, things haven’t quite worked for Alderweireld this time round, and Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have deputised well in his absence, but with Manchester United circling, and after what happened in selling Kyle Walker last summer, Spurs simply cannot afford to sell their best players to Premier League title rivals.
They have rewarded Pochettino with a lucrative new deal to fend off interest from the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid, and if chairman Daniel Levy is serious about challenging for major honours, which one would assume is the case given Pochettino has penned a new deal, he has to keep his best players, let alone those interesting fellow title challengers.
And there’s no doubt that Alderweireld is one of those players, so while it looks like the ship has sailed in trying to keep the 29-year-old at Spurs, title-winning intent in a new deal may well be enough to convince him to stay.
As such, with Pochettino’s future sorted and a deal done, the Tottenham hierarchy now must seek to secure an agreement with Alderweireld over the summer.
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