Tottenham legend sends advice to Toby Alderweireld about Man United move

Ledley King is hopeful that the Manchester United target will stay at White Hart Lane

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Toby Alderweireld should turn down Manchester United and remain at Tottenham Hotspur, according to Spurs legend Ledley King.

The Belgium international’s future has been a source of relentless debate in the summer transfer window given there is less than 12 months to run on his current deal.

Spurs are rumoured to have offered Alderweireld a deal worth £130,000 a week during the 2017-18 season but the Manchester United target wants £180,000 a week.

Alderweireld’s current deal will expire at the end of next season but Spurs do have the option to extend the Belgium international’s contract by an extra 12 months.

If the north London side do so, former Atletico Madrid defender Alderweireld would be available next summer in a cut price deal of £25m.

It is no secret that Manchester United are in the market to sign a new centre-half following Victor Lindelof’s disappointing debut season at Old Trafford following last summer’s £30m move from Benfica.

Ivory Coast intenational Eric Bailly struggled with a loss of form and a string of injuries last term, while Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear to be convinced by English duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Former Spurs defender King believes Alderweireld should turn down Manchester United and remain at White Hart Lane.

“At the moment I’m sure he’s concentrating on Belgium and after that, he’ll let the situation take care of itself,” King told the Daily Express.

“He’s obviously a top player but last season he didn’t play too many games, he missed a lot through injury.

“The team seemed to cope and do well without him. He’s a top player, of course I’d like to see him stay.”

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