‘Real’ possibility Spurs defender will leave in 2023, according to his father

‘Real’ possibility Spurs defender will leave in 2023, according to his father

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Toby Alderweireld is unlikely to extend his Tottenham stay beyond the expiration of his contract in the summer of 2023, according to his father.

The centre-back, who joined from from Atletico Madrid just over five years ago, signed a new deal with Spurs in December 2019, taking his contract up until the end of the 2022/23 season.

And it looks like the length of that deal is an indication of how long Alderweireld plans to stay at the club.

Speaking to Belgian outlet Gazet van Antwerpen this week (as relayed by Football London), Alderweireld’s father Viv strongly hinted the 31-year-old is likely to be playing ‘closer to home’ when he turns 34 – i.e. when his current contract is up.

“The house will be ready in the course of 2023, in line with his contract with Tottenham,” said Alderweireld Sr. of his son.

“We’ll see where Toby will play football, at Tottenham, Ajax, an Antwerp club or elsewhere.

“But the chance that he will play closer to home at the age of 34 is real.”

Alderweireld is arguably still Tottenham’s best defender but he has definitely slowed down over the last couple of seasons.

That suggests his physical attributes will have deteriorated further by the time he is 34, so Spurs will probably be happy to allow him to leave on a free transfer when the time comes.

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