Mauricio Pochettino Confirms News Of Toby Alderweireld’s Contract Extension

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival has brought smiles back to Manchester United, but there is one area of concern still lurking around the club.

The Red Devils have managed to keep only 2 clean sheets in the Premier League, whilst conceding 31 goals already. David De Gea has been excellent in goal once again this season, but the shaky defence has caused him massive trouble.

Manchester United have been keen to make some defensive signings, with a centre-back said to be on the top of the priority list, and Toby Alderweireld reportedly the main target.

Ed Woodward turned down the opportunity to sign the Belgian international last summer due to Tottenham’s high valuation, but the club seems to have retained its interest in the player.

The Manchester United vice-executive was supposedly hoping to re-open talks in January, as Alderweireld would have entered the last six months of his current contract with Tottenham.

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But this won’t be possible anymore, as the Londoners have decided to activate a one-year extension clause, which also activates a clause which would see the centre-back leave in the summer for the price of £25 million.

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed so in a recent interview, wherein he stated: “Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”

According to Sky Sports, Tottenham are yet to receive a formal approach from any club for Alderweireld since he arrived at the club back in 2015 for a reported fee of £11.5 million.

Will Manchester United still make a move?