Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld no longer first choice defender with Tottenham set to offload for £50m

Mauricio Pochettino no longer considers Toby Alderweireld as one of his first choice defenders at Tottenham Hotspur with the club willing to sell the player in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

It is understood that the club would be willing to accept offers of £50m for the defender with Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all showing an interest.

Pochettino has also insisted that he will not “change the system because Toby needs games for the World Cup”, following Roberto Martinez suggesting he should play more.

Summer interest

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Having made just two FA Cup appearances since returning from a hamstring injury in early February, the defender looks set to leave Spurs this summer.

Reports claim that contract talks between Tottenham and Alderweireld have completely collapsed with the player demanding far more than what the club are willing to offer him.

Top of Pochettino’s demands for his players is that each one must be fully committed to his project, with those who aren’t being quickly ousted, which would explain Alderweireld’s recent treatment.

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Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend, Nabil Bentaleb, Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho and Danny Rose were all players who have either been discarded or removed from his plans with failure to comply with his philosophy in North London.

Alderweireld’s game time

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Following the comments of Roberto Martinez, stating the importance of Alderweireld playing more minutes ahead of the World Cup, Pochettino has hit back claiming he will not “change the system because of Toby”.

Despite completing 90 minutes in Belgium’s win over Saudi Arabia during midweek, the 29-year-old remains unlikely to start at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in Tottenham’s biggest game of the season.

Pochettino said:

“I need to pick the players that I believe are the best players to win against Chelsea and then against Stoke. I cannot play with more than 11 and you need to choose.

“I am agreed that the players need to play and compete but for me, first of all every single player needs to show in the training session that they are better than their team-mate and then at that moment I pick.

“Toby in the last four months has struggled with his injury. I am not going to change the system because Toby needs games for the World Cup.

“I need to pick two centre-backs and if you are happy you keep the couple of players and he needs to wait.

“The interest for me is Tottenham, it’s about Tottenham to win, I understand the manager but what can I do.”

Chelsea vs Tottenham preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball while under pressure from Willian of Chelsea and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

2018 has so far been a tough year for Antonio Conte, with his Chelsea side sliding out of both the top-four and Europe.

The West Londoners are currently sat 5th in the Premier League and must make up a five-point gap on Spurs as they attempt to qualify for Champions League football next season.

Over recent years, Chelsea have proven just how much this fixture means to them, with the Blues always managing to find a way to frustrate Spurs, whatever their form and Sunday is likely to be no exception.

Last season, this fixture helped Chelsea to build the foundations to go on and clinch the Premier League title ahead of Tottenham.

This time, avoiding defeat for Spurs is a must in order to prevent a late surge for the top-four from the Blues.

1990 was the year Spurs last won at the Bridge – a period in which has seen them endure 18 defeats and nine draws.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full match preview here.