Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda has given his thoughts on the ongoing Toby Alderweireld speculation recently, and he doesn’t believe that fans should actually be worrying about whether or not he’ll be with us next season – he thinks he will be.
The speculation about Alderweireld has been rife since January when it became known for sure that his 12 month option carried with it a £25million release fee and I’m pretty sure the only club he hasn’t been linked with since has been Melchester Rovers.
With the more recent pivot on the rumour mill being Serie A side Roma and claims that Daniel Levy would/has/is meeting with Franco Baldini to negotiate the price amidst claims that Toby’s agents have already agreed personal terms with the club, time is running out before the release clause expires and you certainly can’t see Levy allowing the price to be negotiated down.
For Chimbonda, he doesn’t believe that money is the motivating factor for the 30-year-old centre-half so he questions whether Roma would be the step up Toby is looking for at this point in his career.
“Alderweireld will only leave Tottenham for one of Europe’s elite clubs. There seems to be a wage issue between him and the club, but as a player you also want to be playing at the highest level and I can’t see him taking a step backwards to earn more. Some players are happy to take a step back for a higher wage package but Alderweireld doesn’t seem to be a player with that mentality. I’m confident that he will be playing in a Tottenham shirt next season and he will feel confident that Tottenham can deliver a trophy. If Tottenham can keep hold of Alderweireld, then they won’t have to sign any defenders this summer transfer window.”
It’s a fair point, as is simply why would Toby take a move now when next summer his options increase ten fold easily if money is the only factor.