Alderweireld and Pochettino ‘strained’ as Man United linked

Date published: Monday 12th February 2018 1:30

The relationship between Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and defender Toby Alderweireld is said to be ‘strained’ as the Belgian seeks pay parity with Harry Kane.

Alderweireld earns around £50,000 a week at Tottenham and contract talks have stalled; the club are reportedly reluctant to extend his current contract by another year as that would mean he would be free to leave for £25.4million in the summer of 2019.

That could lead to Tottenham opting to sell him this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United mentioned as potential destinations by the Evening Standard.

United fans would certainly welcome the arrival of Alderweireld after they were forced to watch Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at Newcastle on Sunday.

Alderweireld returned from a long lay-off against Newport County in midweek but was then left out of the 18-man squad to face Tottenham on Saturday.

The Standard says he is ‘thought to be frustrated that he has yet to be brought back into the fold fully as he feels he is fit to play’. His mood will not be helped by Harry Winks’ inclusion in the squad to play Juventus on Tuesday.

 

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