Tottenham defender Alderweireld to miss Crystal Palace clash

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Alderweireld returned in the 2-2 FA Cup fifth-round draw against Rochdale last Sunday but wasn't able to finish training on Thursday.

Mauricio Pochettino says Toby Alderweireld will be assessed ahead of the Super Sunday game against Crystal Palace after the defender pulled up in training with a leg injury. Yet that is longer the major concern it once would have been. Now, a report in The Times claim Spurs are open to selling Alderweireld as discussions about a new deal stall.

The 30-year-old was hailed as the flawless midfielder by SunSport columnist Danny Higginbotham after Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Juventus.

Unless a compromise is found, then Spurs are said to be willing to sell Alderweireld at the end of the season.

While Vertonghen is the older player of the pair at 30, his consistency and class alongside the youthful Davinson Sanchez has made it a little easier to imagine a future without Alderweireld, if an impasse remains in the latter's contract talks.

The Belgium worldwide joined Tottenham from Ajax in the summer of 2012, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £12 million, and he has gone on to become one of the finest central defenders in world football. "Now he is a complete centre-back". We have worked a lot together to reach the level that he is at today.

"He was slouched in the tunnel", he said. I remember saying, "Jan, come".

'"You are going into a battle, no?" "It is hard after showing this energy to go out and take part in a battle and fight".

"Now he realises that he is so strong mentally", he added. When he runs he's fast. He is like a new dog. It's genetic. He's an athlete.


It's possible that the club fear that giving in to Alderweireld's demands could lead to similar demands from the other key players in the squad.

It would further cement the image of Tottenham as a "nearly club", one happy to cash in on their best players, a team that are so close to success, yet always just miss out. "He's one of the players that deserves [a new contract]".

The 28-year-old is thought to have asked for an improved deal of around £150,000-a-week.

"It's a fantastic couple".

"They are a ideal couple and have a really fantastic partnership", he said.

"Davinson has unbelievable energy and he's so fast, but he still needs to improve in different aspects and Jan is a flawless partner to help him achieve all we believe he can".

"We need to think of [reserve centre-back] Juan Foyth too". He's 20 now and a great talent too.

Pochettino, a former defender for Espanyol, Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina, says Vertonghen has developed into one of the best centre-backs in Europe since joining Spurs from Ajax in 2012.

"I am not involved in negotiations". I leave it to Daniel Levy. But the most important thing is not to take the situation out of context.

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