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Spurs left fearing Alderweireld exit on a free

Tottenham are fearful of losing defender Toby Alderweireld for nothing in 2020 when his current deal expires next summer.

The Belgian international has entered the final year of his contract at Spurs, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side had been willing to listen to offers for the 30-year-old this summer.

Alderweireld had a £25m release clause in his contract, however this expired two weeks before the transfer deadline with no clubs having triggered the fee.

Italian side Roma had expressed an interest in signing the former Atletico Madrid and Ajax centre-back, but the Serie A side failed to meet the £25m fee before the deadline and are unlikely to return with a significant bid before the closure of the European window on September 2.

According to the Mirror, Spurs are now fearful Alderweireld will run his contract down and leave on a free transfer next summer.

The defender has insisted his focus remains solely on football, having started as Spurs began their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend.

Alderweireld has been with Tottenham since joining in a £11.5m deal in 2015, making 165 appearances and scoring six goals.

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