Toby Alderweireld has extended his contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Belgian international was heavily linked with a move away from the London club, with his previous deal on the verge of expiring at the end of the ongoing campaign.
But now, the centre-back has extended his stay at Spurs by one year, after the club triggered the 12-month extension clause in his contract.
The Lilywhites’ official statement read: “The Club can confirm that we have activated the option to extend Toby Alderweireld’s contract until 2020. The Belgium international defender has made 135 appearances for us to date since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2015.
“Capped 88 times by his country, Toby began his professional career with Eredivisie side Ajax before moving to Madrid in 2013. His first introduction to the Premier League came during a season-long loan at Southampton in 2014/15 prior to joining us.”
The new deal reportedly consists of a release clause worth £25 million, which can be activated in the summer of 2019.
Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the 29-year-old. In fact, the Red Devils did pursue his services last summer, but their executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward ultimately vetoed the move due to the player’s high valuation.
It remains to be seen whether the Mancunians resume their pursuit come summer. Until then, Alderweireld is set to remain a mainstay in Spurs’ back-line, and aid their chances in this season’s Premier League title race.