Alder­weireld ‘com­mit­ted’ to Spurs as deadline nears

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By James Ducker in Shanghai

Toby Alder­weireld has given the clear­est in­di­ca­tion yet that he will still be play­ing for Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur next sea­son, de­spite the threat of a ri­val club mak­ing a late move for him.

The Bel­gium cen­tre-half has a clause in his con­tract which stip­u­lates that Tot­ten­ham must sanc­tion his sale if a club lodge a £25mil­lion bid by Thurs­day – a fort­night be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closes.

The clause was ac­ti­vated when Spurs in­voked an op­tion to ex­tend Alder­weireld’s con­tract by 12 months un­til the end of next sea­son but, while the 30-year-old can­not dis­count a club swoop­ing be­fore this week’s deadline, he says he is not tar­get­ing a move. Roma are thought to have made an in­quiry, but there are doubts over whether they can af­ford his re­lease clause, and Manch­ester United have been linked with the player pre­vi­ously.

Alder­weireld cited Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s de­ci­sion to make him cap­tain for Tot­ten­ham’s 3-2 win over Ju­ven­tus in Sin­ga­pore on Sun­day as ev­i­dence of his com­mit­ment to the club.

Asked if he ex­pected to still be a Tot­ten­ham player come the start of the sea­son, Alder­weireld said: “Yes. I think the man­ager [Po­chet­tino] knows I am com­mit­ted to the club, but you never know in foot­ball. It [a club trig­ger­ing the clause] can hap­pen, but my fo­cus is on Spurs and in my head I will be play­ing for Spurs.”

Tot­ten­ham are clos­ing in on a deal to sign Ryan Sesseg­non from Ful­ham fol­low­ing a break­through in talks be­tween the clubs.

Ful­ham could use some of the cash to sign Spurs mid­fielder Josh Onomah, and have also shown an in­ter­est in winger Georges-kevin Nk­oudou. Spurs are likely to pay around £20 mil­lion plus add-ons for Sesseg­non, who has only one year re­main­ing on his Ful­ham con­tract.

Mean­while, Hugo Lloris has left Tot­ten­ham’s pre-sea­son tour of Asia to re­turn to Lon­don to con­tinue his re­cov­ery from ton­sil­li­tis.

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