Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY JOHN CROSS

REAL MADRID are ready to lead the chase for Tot­ten­ham de­fender Toby Alder­weireld.

The Span­ish gi­ants are keen on the Bel­gium cen­tre-half (be­low) and have been alerted by his con­tract stand-off and not be­ing picked for the squad to face Ju­ven­tus.

Boss Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino in­sists Alder­weireld, 28, was left be­hind to work on his fit­ness af­ter a long in­jury lay-off. But Alder­weireld had been keen to play, in­sist­ing he was also fit for the north Lon­don derby.

Con­tract-wise, un­less Spurs can tie him to new terms, they will have to con­sider sell­ing the de­fender this sum­mer.

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