The agent of Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld insists players should be allowed to walk away from their contracts if their salaries are cut.

The coronavirus crisis has seen football across Europe shut down and clubs have been forced into cost-cutting measures.

Celtic have placed non-playing staff on furlough while Rangers players have taken voluntary salary cuts.

But Alderweireld's agent insists players taking cuts in salary should be entitled to walk away from their job just like any other employee.

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In theory that could see the likes of Odsonne Edouard or Alfredo Morelos walk away for limited compensation or after serving a notice period if they had cuts imposed on them.

Stijn Francis wrote in the Guardian: "A 'regular' worker is able to leave his or her employer in exchange for limited compensation or a notice period.

"Also the employer can terminate the relationship with the worker at any time by respecting a period of notice or paying compensation.

"If clubs sign a player they take a risk by paying a transfer or signing-on fee and by paying substantial wages. In exchange for this risk, players cannot leave the club before the end of the contract except when all involved parties agree otherwise.

Tottenham centre back Toby Alderweireld

"Players also know that during the contractual term they can be sure the club will pay their salary.

"Clubs now asking to reduce player salaries undermine this principle of contractual stability. If clubs insist on a wage reduction, players should be put in the same situation as any regular worker.

"Clubs reducing their players’ wages should accept that the players can terminate their employment for free and these clubs should no longer be able to ask a transfer fee if the player would like to leave."