Spurs told to give Toby Alderweireld an "appropriate" contract - or sell him

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Francis revealed a host of top clubs are interested in Alderweireld, with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City believed to have held an interest in the centre-back recently.

Mauricio Pochettino said on August 25 that Tottenham would start contract talks with Alderweireld after the transfer window closed.

"If you only look at his figures, Toby is impressive and for his performances, he deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer".

Moreover, the Belgium international's agent has fuelled speculation over his client's future by claiming the club must offer improved terms or let him leave, with eight leading teams primed to sign him. "There are not many central defenders around who can play like he can, but these clubs will have to negotiate with Tottenham's chairman, Daniel Levy".

ESPN FC report that Spurs could be reluctantly forced to consider offers for the defender if they do not agree fresh terms.

With Tottenham chief Levy reportedly refusing to sanction wages of more than £100,000-a-week for his star names, this is a story that looks certain to rumble on as the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen become transfer targets for Europe's big-spending clubs.

Alderweireld is now on global team duty with Belgium, who have secured qualification for the 2018 World Cup following a victory of Greece on Sunday, and said that his future is out of his hands. "We'll see what happens in the coming months".

Talks over a new deal for Alderweireld have broken down in recent months, with Manchester City and Chelsea two of the clubs informed about the stalemate.

"I am going to progress still further".

Alderweireld joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for £11.5m and helped them finish Premier League runners up last season.

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