Tottenham have confirmed they have taken up the option to extend Toby Alderweireld’s contract until the the summer of 2020.
The Belgian’s deal was set to expire at the end of this season, but he is now contracted until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
The Club can confirm that we have activated the option to extend @AlderweireldTob’s contract until 2020.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 4, 2019
However, a £25 million release clause has now been activated, which can be triggered up until the final two weeks of next summer’s transfer window.
That means Spurs must accept any offers of £25 million for Alderweireld.
According to ESPN, the club is resigned to losing the 29-year-old, with the possibility of a new long-term deal being signed said to be low.
Alderweireld has made 135 appearances for Tottenham since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
He has been a regular this season, featuring in 26 matches across all competitions, although doubts over his future re-emerged when he was dropped for the north London derby last month.
Spurs fans have been reacting to Alderweireld’s contract extension on social media with a mix of disappointment, frustration and acceptance.
Check out the best reactions from Twitter below.
Cheers Spurs fans crying
— Pochitivity (@spursy1882) January 4, 2019
Okay but how about a proper contract please ?
— 17 (@SuperiorSissoko) January 4, 2019
Pay the player his worth. £200k pw over 5 yrs is c£50m… that’s what a replacement will cost, unless we trawl the Championship for a bargain. Sort it @SpursOfficial
— Paul (@Paul731) January 4, 2019
Means nothing except we are going to lose him for £25m. Embarrassing
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) January 4, 2019
Can’t wait until he leaves us for £25m this summer and we replace him with someone unproven hoping one day they can make it so we can sell them again and so it continues
— TheDeleLlama (@dele_the) January 4, 2019
If we lose toby, then Levy will have strengthened other teams more than he has strengthened us.
— mø (@SpursboyMb) January 4, 2019
Give him a new one instead
— bottlers fc (@NoiceOneSonny) January 4, 2019
Good news!!! Toby will still be with us ?? Come on you Spurs!!!
— A Corsica Vince ❄️ (@ACorsicaVince) January 4, 2019
Oh well , Life goes on .
— kingsley okoroafor (@fokoro1) January 4, 2019
Let’s now negotiate a new deal for him and keep him at spurs
— Jay Read (@simplyjambo) January 4, 2019