Toby Alderweireld has said he expects to be a Spurs player for the 2019/20 season despite being linked with a move to Roma (Sky Sports).
The Belgian defender has a £25million release clause in his contract which expires on Thursday as he enters the final year of his deal with Tottenham.
It was thought that Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo may have been moving to the Champions League finalists as part of the deal for Alderweireld, but after the former Southampton man’s comments that seems increasingly unlikely.
Four years since the 30-year-old joined the Lilywhites for £11.4m from Atletico Madrid, he has been ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, making 159 appearances, including 50 last season – his most in a single campaign since arriving in north London.
Statistically speaking it is clear the difference Alderweireld made to the side in the Premier League last year as they conceded just 32 goals in 34 matches when he played and seven goals in the four games when he was absent.
And so despite Davinson Sanchez adding to the competition for the centre-half position, Alderweireld is still a frequent feature in the Spurs backline.
There is also the argument that the former Ajax defender and Jan Vertonghen will be needed as the experienced heads in a defence which could also be composed of Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon – who is rumoured to be joining Spurs – all of whom are under 23 years of age.
It is important Pochettino gets the balance of his squad right and does not simply attempt to blood a whole host of youngsters into a team who will be looking to push on from the heights of their Champions League final last season.
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