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Toby Alderweireld ends doubts over his Tottenham future by signing new contract

The Belgium centre-back would have been able to leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Toby Alderweireld is staying at Tottenham (Tim Goode/PA)
Toby Alderweireld is staying at Tottenham (Tim Goode/PA)

By Jonathan Veal, PA

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract.

The 30-year-old, who was due to be a free agent in the summer, has agreed terms on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the north London club.

Alderweireld looked set to be leaving Spurs at the end of the current campaign as negotiations over a new deal had stalled and under Mauricio Pochettino there appeared to be little chance of them restarting.

But the arrival of Jose Mourinho has brought about a change and the Belgium international will now stay until 2023.

A club statement read: “We are delighted to announce that Toby Alderweireld has signed a new contract with the club until 2023.”

Despite his contract stalemate Alderweireld, who followed Pochettino to Spurs having been on loan at Southampton in 2015, has been a mainstay of the defence in recent times, making 50 appearances last season.

The club exercised an extension in his contract last term which also triggered a £25million release clause, but only Roma were interested in the centre-back and made a much smaller bid in the summer.

Alderweireld, who has a young child and a second on the way, has now decided to stay in London and has committed his long-term future to the club.

He told Spurs TV: “I’m very, very happy. I’m honoured to play for this club and I’m a small piece of getting to the next level in a couple of seasons. I think this is just the beginning of something big and something very exciting.

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Christian Eriksen (right) and Jan Vertonghen’s futures have yet to be sorted (Adam Davy/PA)

“I couldn’t see myself playing for another team. I think the club likes me, I love the club, the fans, the stadium, everything. It’s like I’m living some sort of dream.”

Alderweireld’s Belgium team-mate Jan Vertonghen is also out of contract in the summer and can discuss terms with European clubs in the new year, though has expressed a desire to sign a new deal.

Christian Eriksen has reportedly told Mourinho he will not sign a new contract and looks set to leave on a free in the summer, unless Spurs can sell him in January.

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