Former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes that the extension of Toby Alderweireld’s stay at Tottenham Hotspur is a decision that will have saved the club up to £60m in the long run.
Mills hailed the move by Jose Mourinho to put to bed the uncertainty over the defender’s future, before claiming that finding an alternative centre-back of the Belgian’s class would set Spurs back financially.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills suggests that it is no surprise that Mourinho has managed to persuade Alderweireld to remain in north London, with the Portuguese able to call upon his track record to lure the defender into trying to win things at Tottenham.
Mourinho has overseen a largely positive start to life at Spurs, taking his new team to within three points of the top four as he seeks to deliver the team’s first major trophy for what will be 12 years.
Mills said: “Mourinho likes good defenders, good quality defenders, he’s come in and likely said ‘stick with me and we’ll win things’, so why wouldn’t you stay?
“To replace him is going to cost fortunes, £50-60m, and his contract is probably a reflection that Mourinho wants players signed up for a couple of seasons.”
Given how long the uncertainty over Alderweireld’s future had wrangled on, to get the defender to commit his future to the club is a huge statement of intent from Mourinho.
Alderweireld’s contract had entered a perilous stage whereby he could have been snapped up in the summer for just £25m after Spurs activated an extension clause that was to expire in mid-2020.
It would appear that something would have had to give with not long remaining on the Belgian’s deal, though the change of circumstances at Spurs with the club swapping Mauricio Pochettino for Mourinho in the meantime at least makes it look as if the new manager has been a defining factor in Alderweireld’s decision to stay on.
The 30-year-old may only be rated at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, though Mills’ valuation of Alderweireld is perhaps merely a sign of his importance to the team as opposed to his true market value.
And if Mourinho is able to guide Alderweireld and Spurs to silverware in the near future, there is every chance that the Belgian, who has been an ever-present since the manager’s arrival, will have been a priceless component to Tottenham’s prospective success.
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