Chelsea target left out of crucial Champions League tie as £25m release clause revealed

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Bernardo Silva of Monaco and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and AS Monaco FC at Wembley Stadium on September 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Toby Aldeweireld has been left out of Tottenham’s Champions League travelling party and is unhappy with the ongoing contract negotiations at the club according to Matt Law in the Telegraph.

The Belgian defender has long been a target for Chelsea, with the Blues linked with him many times over the years, from his days at Atletico Madrid and Southampton till now.

Certainly the £25m clause in his contract that can be activated from next summer makes him an interesting target for any club, as the former Saint has shown himself to be one of the top defenders in Europe over the last few years.

Chelsea are already very well equipped at centre-back, with Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen and the on loan Kurt Zouma already on their books.

However, when a player as good as Aldeweireld is on the market, at that price, they will be interested no matter what.