Mauricio Pochettino reiterated his desire to tie Christian Eriksen down to a new deal at Tottenham and says he wants to re-open talks to try and reach an agreement. Eriksen scored the winning goal for Spurs in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion and was a standout performer at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 27-year-old has impressed this season, scoring (9) and assisting (17) 26 goals in 45 games in all competitions. In the Premier League, he’s contributed 19 goals in 31 outings, making 70 chances, 15 successful dribbles (48%), averaging 53 passes-per-game with 81% accuracy. Eriksen has also whipped in 104 crosses with 30% accuracy.
His future at Tottenham is uncertain as he’ll be out of contract next year and isn’t close to putting pen to paper on an extension. Eriksen reportedly wants to match Harry Kane’s £10.4m-a-year/£200k-per-week salary to stay. The club have a decision to make whether to cash in this summer. Spurs risk losing Eriksen for nothing if they don’t sell up, but Pochettino hasn’t given up trying to agree a contract extension.
When asked if Eriksen’s goal against Brighton could help with contract negotiations, he told Football.London: “It is open for him or us? I think I was clear a few months ago. It is a situation that is a very special situation, Christian is a special person, I think we are all special, different and we need to understand that. The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something are maybe different to another player.
“I hope and I wish Christian can be with us in the future but I think Christian and us we are so open to talk and we will see what happens. I think it is so close the end of the season, a lot of time to talk after and I think the most important now, not only for him, is for all the players to be focused and try to achieve the things we want. We have a lot of big things ahead and we need to be focused only to try and recover, train and compete.”
Eriksen has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Real Madrid, but his lofty asking price might scare of interest from suitors. Daniel Levy wants £95m for the Danish international. He may have to lower the price if Eriksen refuses to commit.