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Toby Alderweireld will only sign a new contract with Tottenham if a release clause is included in the deal, according to The Times.

A release clause in Alderweireld’s current contract is brought up in just about every story concerning the Belgian’s future.

Last month, it was revealed the clause isn’t actually active unless Spurs decide to trigger a seperate clause that would extend Alderweireld’s stay by a year when it comes to an end in the summer of 2019.

Only then can Alderweireld leave the club for £25 million. In other words, the current clause is simply there to avoid losing the defender on a free in 2019.

But The Times’ story suggests Alderweireld is insisting a fresh release clause is included in his new contract. I assume the clause will be similar to the one mentioned above, while the new contract will see the 28-year-old’s wages likely double to in excess of £100,000-a-week.

It’s in everyone’s best interested that Alderweireld signs a new deal as soon as possible, if only to end speculation about an exit at a crucial stage in the season, and to ward off potential suitors this summer.

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