Toby Alderweireld looks set to continue playing his football at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season after the deadline for his release clause expired at 5pm.
The 30-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his Spurs contract, was available to sign for £25m due to a clause in his contract when he initially joined from Atletico Madrid back in 2015, but Roma were the only side interested in signing the defender.
And he now looks likely to remain in North London for at least another season, with clubs unlikely to pay more than £25m, knowing his is available on a free transfer next summer.
Belgium expert Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) broke the news on Twitter earlier day, confirming that the deadline has passed, meaning Alderweireld will move into a fifth season with the Champions League finalists.
Alderweireld was asked on Monday whether he expected to be at Tottenham player by the time the window closes in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said: “Yes. That’s my focus in football. Everything can go quick but all I’m doing is focusing on Spurs and being fit for the start of the season.
“I think the manager knows I am committed to the club and the team but you never know in football.”