In the latest Tottenham news, Jan Vertonghen has said there is no need for the fans to be concerned about the future of his defensive partner Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgian duo have spent a large part of their careers playing alongside one another, starting at Ajax before Alderweireld moved on, firstly to Atletico Madrid and then Southampton.
The pair were then reunited at Tottenham when Alderweireld signed for the north Londoners in 2015 and were the first choice defensive pairing for Spurs up until this season.
The arrival of Davinson Sanchez, coupled with an injury-hit campaign for Alderweireld has resulted in Vertonghen striking up a new partnership with the £42million summer arrival.
There is now a growing belief amongst the Spurs faithful that Alderweireld’s days at the club are numbered, the 29-year-old having refused to sign a new contract and with his current deal set to expire in 2020.
The capital outfit could look to cash in this year due to Alderweireld having a £25million release clause in his existing contract that becomes active in the summer of 2019.
With the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona understood to be willing to pay well over that mark, Tottenham appear to have little choice but to sell if they cannot change the defender’s mind on signing a new contract.
While it is looking increasingly likely he will be split from Alderweireld, Vertonghen is trying to remain calm over the future of his compatriot, believing the situation will reach a satisfactory conclusion.
“Whenever we play we understand each other,” Vertonghen told Sky Sports News. “When I left for Tottenham, Toby left for Atletico [Madrid] and Southampton but we found each other quite quick after that, so no stress.
“We’ve been playing together for a long time and we know how to play together, but I don’t want to speak about this because it might sound disrespectful to whoever is playing next to me or next to Toby in other situations.”
A trophy could help to change Alderweireld’s mind and Spurs are 2/1 with bet365 to win the FA Cup having reached the semi-finals before the international break.