Speculation on the rumour mill has been rife for months when it comes to Tottenham Hotspur’s attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen and his future at the club amid constant talk of interest from both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The Denmark international is now into his final 12 months of his current deal and manager Mauricio Pochettino is already on record as saying he believed the player was ‘open’ to signing a new deal, and we’ve even had speculation that talks had been opened and then stalled.
In a recent interview with Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet (via the BBC, Eriksen seems to imply that talks haven’t even begun yet.
“Everyone wants it as soon as possible, but in football things take time. It depends on Daniel Levy. And another club has to come in, or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself. There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, then why not stay in Tottenham? If I then sign a new contract, it depends on the conditions.”
Although that seems like a quite general answer where he’s trying not be drawn on specific points, it does sound like no talks to me, at least not serious talks, but with the Champions League Final distraction that in itself probably isn’t a surprise. I found the ‘are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet’ quite interesting as it suggests brief provisional talks would indicate there’s not much distance between the parties when we get to the nitty gritty.
But it does sound like he’s happy to hold out for options even if he’s happy here.
“If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up. I hope there will be a clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new. I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham. But in football you do not know when clarification comes. It can happen any time.”
Depending on which camp you are in when it comes to the 27-year-old will probably depend on whether you see it as good news, or bad.