Christian Eriksen’s future at Tottenham is uncertain this season, with little progress being made on a contract extension. Back in May, Spurs were allegedly ‘confident’ of tying down the Danish international to a new deal before the start of the season, but nothing has changed five months on.
Ex-Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy believes the 26-year-old may have already had his head turned by Real Madrid’s reported interest. He said in a recent interview with bwin: “I think Eriksen could well be looking to move on from Tottenham to join the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, I think he is a player that could have his head turned and would jump at the chance to go.”
One key factor in Eriksen’s potential departure could be down to Tottenham’s trajectory. If he believes the club are no longer moving forward, he’d surely seek greener pastures elsewhere. A lack of summer spending, delays over the new stadium and Tottenham struggling in the Champions League group stages don’t exactly paint a picture of success.
Eriksen isn’t the only player unwilling to put pen to paper on a new deal either, with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both out of contract next summer and not looking close to agreeing an extension. Tottenham have started the season strong in the Premier League, boasting their second-best ever return after 11 games (24 points), but can they catch Manchester City?
Arguably the ship has sailed on a genuine title chase, so there’s little else keeping Eriksen motivated to stay. The chance to play for the Champions League holders and 2016/17 Liga champions might be too good to turn down, even if they are struggling themselves this season.