Toby Alderweireld says he is planning to be a Tottenham Hotspur player next season but has again refused to verbally commit his future to the club.

The Belgian has just one year left on his current contract, which includes a £25 million release clause that is likely to be triggered this summer.

Manchester United have been linked with Alderweireld in the past, but their failure to qualify for the Champions League may rule them out of a deal. Juventus has also been mooted as a possible destination.

Alderweireld has returned to his best form this season and is set to start for Spurs in the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday.

There is still some hope among Tottenham fans that the centre-back will sign a new contract with the club, but most wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave.

Whatever happens, the 30-year-old is set to wait until after the Champions League final for his future to be resolved.

“I’m going to say the same thing that I’ve been saying for the past couple of years,” Alderweireld said (via the London Evening Standard).

“The only focus is Spurs, because of this focus I think I had a good season as well. I have one year left on my contract, so in my head, I will play for Spurs next season.”

Regardless of whether Alderweireld sticks around, Spurs would be wise to bring in a long-term replacement this summer.



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