Jan Vertonghen says he is relaxed about the future of his Tottenham and Belgium teammate Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs have offered Alderweireld a new contract, but talks have reportedly broken down – the defender is apparently keen to become the club’s highest earner.
Alderweireld’s contract expires at the end of next season, and Tottenham have the option to extend his deal by one year.
However, extending it would trigger a £25 million release clause, so there are suggestions Spurs will look to sell the 29-year-old this summer if he refuses to sign the new contract.
Such speculation has led to plenty of alleged interest from clubs across Europe, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
But Vertonghen, who has played in the same backline as Alderweireld for Ajax, Spurs and Belgium, insists there is “no stress” over the future of his compatriot.
“Whenever we play we understand each other. When I left for Tottenham, Toby left for Atletico [Madrid] and Southampton but we found each other quite quick after that, so no stress,” Vertonghen told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Tottenham have been linked with a number of potential replacements in recent weeks, but most supporters would prefer to see Alderweireld stay. Whether that will happen remains to be seen.