Alderweireld's Spurs future unsure after Juventus axe

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Real Madrid are reportedly set to enter the race for Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld amid rumours that talks between the north London club and the centre-back over a new contract "are close to breaking point".

Alderweireld has developed in to one of the best centre-backs in Europe since joining Tottenham from Atletico Madrid in 2015 following an impressive season on loan at Southampton.

Tottenham have been in talks with Alderweireld about a new deal for the Belgium worldwide, but Spurs' wage cap is proving to be a stumbling block.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed Alderweireld needed to work on his fitness after recently returning from a long-term hamstring injury, despite the defender insisting he was fit to play.

Chelsea are monitoring Luke Shaw's situation at Manchester United, the Daily Mirror claim.

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According to John Cross in the Mirror, Alderweireld has a complex contract with Spurs that could be extended from 2019 until 2020, but only at the cost of a £25 million release clause being activated, which would be available for other clubs to meet at the end of next season.

So, unless Tottenham can tie Alderweireld down to a new contract over the coming months they may be forced to cash-in this summer or risk losing the defender for just £25m the following year.

Competition for the experienced central defender comes from Tottenham's Premier League rivals Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

As we reported earlier in the week the 28-year-old was left out of Spurs squad for their 2-2 Champions League draw away to Juventus on Tuesday, despite declaring himself fully fit.

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