Toby Alderweireld‘s £25million release clause is no longer active with less that two weeks to go until the transfer window closes.

The Belgian, despite looking likely to leave the club a year a go, played a crucial role as Tottenham secured another top-four finish in the Premier League and reached their first ever Champions League final.

Alderweireld, 30, had a £25million release clause activated in his contract after Spurs took the option to extend his deal to next summer in January, with the condition that it only ran up until the last two weeks of the summer transfer window. 

The new Premier League season begins on August 9, meaning the clause is now expired. 

It does not, however, mean that Alderweireld will stay put at Tottenham, though that remains his focus.

“My focus is on Spurs and I try to deliver the job I need to do — I’m happy and that’s it,” Alderweireld said recently

“Do I think I will still be a Spurs player come the start of the season?

“Yes — that’s my focus. In football everything can go quickly but all I’m doing is focusing on Spurs and being fit for the start of the season.”

Alderweireld can now leave for a larger fee should Daniel Levy be able to negotiate one, with Manchester United still interested in the defender.

While the Premier League transfer window closes on August 8, he could still leave the club to join a club on the continent with most European windows closing on September 2.

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