Christian Eriksen played down the furore over his expiring contract at Tottenham Hotspur and says he doesn’t pay attention to media speculation. The 27-year-old has less than 18 months remaining on his deal with Spurs, sparking rumours that he could be sold this summer.
Tottenham won’t want to lose such an important player for nothing in 2020 so they may be forced to cash in early while Eriksen still has value. The Danish international has made 264 appearances in all competitions, since joining from Ajax in 2013, scoring and creating 144 goals.
Eriksen has contributed 20 or more league goals in the last two seasons and is six goals away from hitting that tally this campaign. Real Madrid are paying the midfielder interest as his output has very been consistent for some time. Spurs would rather tie him down to a long-term deal, but no progress has been made.
Despite his contract soon to run down to its final year, Eriksen doesn’t believe there should be panic. He thinks it’s an English mentality to want to tie down players for the long-term earlier than necessary, saying to BT: “The Premier League clubs are starting very early to get their players to sign new contracts.
“Therefore, my situation is unnatural. Two years is still a long time when you think of a football career, but in England it is normal to sign a five, six-year agreement. That’s why my situation is different.” Eriksen was also blasé about rumours of him leaving, saying that he doesn’t care about what the papers say.
He added: “The speculation about my future does not affect me. I don’t care about it. It’s newspaper news. It has been running ever since I was 14 years old and was on trial at Chelsea. There are newspapers that write it.”