One of the key elements to Tottenham Hotspur’s recent success has been Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to forge a togetherness and team spirit in the squad since being appointed as manager.

This has led to the majority of Spurs’ key players committing to long-term contracts – but one man’s new deal is conspicuous by its absence.

Toby Alderweireld has still not signed a contract extension at Tottenham, with the club seemingly not initiating negotiations with the Belgian defender.

The latest rumblings suggest that Spurs will look to improve the former Atletico Madrid centre-half terms, along with Harry Kane – but similar reports about the defender’s future have been published in the press with regularity for the last 12 months.

While Tottenham have ensured that other key players around Alderweireld are tied down to four, five and six-year contracts, the 28-year-old has 18 months remaining on his current deal – with talk that Spurs can exercise the option of an extra year.

How did this happen?

While Davinson Sanchez has impressed since moving to Tottenham from Ajax in the summer and Jan Vertonghen remains one of the most under-rated defenders in the Premier League, Alderweireld is the club’s defensive leader.

Spurs have missed the composed centre-half in recent times as he recuperates from a hamstring injury and the side looks much more exposed without the powerful defender in the starting XI.

While it is hard to know what is happening behind closed doors, Alderweireld has remained professional when asked about his future and stated he is committed to the Tottenham cause.

However, should this ongoing saga rumble on to the summer, there will be plenty of top teams ready to take the Belgium international off the club’s hands.

Although Kane’s potential new deal is massively important to Tottenham, there is an argument to suggest that keeping Alderweireld for the remainder of his prime years is just as crucial to the club’s chances of winning silverware moving forward.

The Belgian deserves to be one of the club’s top earners and I for one am getting sick of the continual speculation over a new contract – get it done Mr Levy.