Tottenham are fearful of losing Toby Alderweireld due to a lack of progress in contract talks, but they can still trigger a 12-month extension that means his deal won’t expire until 2020. And despite ongoing interest from Manchester United, there’s one key reason why the Belgian international may not make the switch to Old Trafford – because United are in crisis.
Jose Mourinho’s side currently sit seventh in the Premier League table with 22 points from 14 games this season. United have failed to win in each of their last three league outings and find themselves 16 points off leaders Manchester City already. No side in the top-half of the table have conceded more goals than the Red Devils (23) which may not thrill Alderweireld.
The Belgian would certainly get a considerable payrise if he opted for Old Trafford, but there’s so much uncertainty at the club over the manager’s future, players’ future and club’s chances of success. Tottenham are two places and eight points better off right now and are expected to pipe the Mancunians to a Champions League spot.
Put simply, Tottenham are better fit for Alderweireld than United right now, so why would he want to leave for them?