Football pundit Alan Hutton believes defender Toby Alderweireld could be heading for the Tottenham Hotspur exit.
Alderweireld, 32, joined Spurs in 2015 following a £14.4m move from Atletico Madrid.
Since his arrival in the country’s capital six years ago, the commanding Belgian has featured in 228 matches, in all competitions.
Despite what has been a largely impressive time in London, recent exclusions from Jose Mourinho’s matchday line-ups has Hutton wondering if the 32-year-old’s time at Spurs could be coming to an end.
Alderweireld, although fully fit and available, has not been included in Spurs’ last two matches with suggestions the defender could have fallen down Mourinho’s pecking order.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Hutton believes Alderweireld has lost confidence in Mourinho and may move on in order to secure regular playing time.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s looking for a new start, he’s been there a long time,” Hutton said. “Alderweireld and Vertonghen were one of the best partnerships for a long time for Tottenham.
“It’s maybe just that time where you’re looking for a change. I think he’s got there, to that time in his career where he’d like to probably move on.
“Tottenham, I think, need a lot of work when it comes to the back four if they’re really going to move on and challenge year in, year out for the top four.
“Maybe it’s time he’s starting to look for a new place. With all this stuff with the manager, you don’t want that at his age. You just want to play football, enjoy it and be happy and it doesn’t look like that at the moment.”
Hutton’s shocking predictions come at the same time the club have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
Regardless of what Alderweirld’s decision in the summer will be, one thing is for sure – Daniel Levy faces some huge transfer decisions as the club desperately tries to get back to the same level that saw them reach the 2018-19 Champions League final.