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Tottenham confident on agreeing new deal for star centre-back amid reports he has an alarmingly low release clause

Tottenham are confident on agreeing a new deal for star centre-back Toby Alderweireld, according to The Telegraph.

The Telegraph have offered some clarification on the reported £25 million release clause in the Belgian’s contract, claiming that it is only active in summer of 2019 if Spurs opt to take up an option to extend his contract for an extra year until 2020. Though still a considerable sum, in the current market Alderweireld is worth far more than £25 million, and Spurs would no doubt be disappointed to lose him for such a paltry sum.

It is also reported by The Telegraph that Spurs are confident that they will tie Alderweireld down to a new contract eradicating the release clause before it is activated. Mauricio Pochettino is understandably keen on holding onto the 27-year-old, who has become a cornerstone in his side since joining from Atletico Madrid.

Tottenham have the best defensive record in the Premier League, and Alderweireld can take credit for a great deal of that. Both formidable at the back and classy in possession, centre-backs as complete as he is are a rare entity.

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