Speculation surrounding the future of Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld continued to intensify today with the news that Real Madrid have now entered the race for his signature.
As we reported earlier in the week the 28-year-old was left out of Spurs squad for their 2-2 Champions League draw away to Juventus on Tuesday, despite declaring himself fully fit.
The Belgium international’s relationship with his manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to have become strained, with Manchester United and Chelsea monitoring his situation closely with a view to making a summer move.
Alderweireld’s contract negotiations with Spurs are said to have broken down, and he is demanding wages that would break the club’s rigid pay structure. According to reports in the Mirror today, the talented centre-back is said to want a new deal that would see him earn even more than the club’s current highest earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
Real have had a difficult time of it in La Liga this season, with the current European Champions looking to make some major upgrades to their squad this summer, and their manager Zinedine Zidane is said to be a huge fan of Alderweireld’s.
The 28-year-old joined Spurs in 2015 from Los Blanco’s city rivals Atletico, and has blossomed in one of Europes’s top ball playing centre halves.