Arsene Wenger's Ozil stance points the way for Tottenham and Levy

Toby Alderweireld of Belgium in action during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Czech Republic at Stade Roi Baudouis on June 5, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Tottenham must refuse to sell Toby Alderweireld, even if it means letting his contract run down to the very end.

Toby Alderweireld #4 of Tottenham Hotspur passes the ball in the second half against Roma during the International Champions Cup on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull Arena  in Harrison, New Jersey.

Tottenham Hotspur are in a bit of a quandry over Toby Alderweireld's contract situation.

The Belgian's deal expires in 2019, but he is yet to commit to a new deal and reports claim the club are refusing to meet his wage demands.

Tottenham have a strict wage structure they do not wish to break, and The Mail report Spurs could consider selling him next summer.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on August 29, 2015 in London, England.

This would be a major mistake, as rivals Arsenal once found out when they cashed in on Robin van Persie instead of losing him on a free - and watched him immediately fire Manchester United to the title.

Arsenal learned their lesson, not only did they miss out on Van Persie for a year, but they managed to enrage their supporters in the process.

The Gunners have re-thought their approach, and faced with similar situations over Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez they have dug in.

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal passes during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Birds Nest on July 22, 2017 in Beijing, China.

Arsenal have accepted they may lose both for free next summer, but they have hung onto them regardless, buying more time to still potentially change their minds.

Spurs would score a major own goal if they sell Alderweireld, especially to a rival, and adopting Arsenal's tough approach is the right move for chairman Daniel Levy.

The Belgian is a key player for Spurs, proven by their struggles in his recent absence.

If the two parties are apart in their negotiations that's one thing, but Tottenham must make him see out the contract he did sign, and get maximum benefit from it.

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