Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen will have just rattled fans with his latest comments regarding his future at the club.
It has been no secret that our Danish wizard has been attracting the interest of Real Madrid for a number of months, however, Daniel Levy has been standing firm with his stance regarding the playmaker and has no intention of letting him go (Mirror).
But, the Scandinavian ace may have just given the chairman no choice but to try and cash in on him this summer.
Speaking to Ekstra Bladet, he said: “I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened in Tottenham, nor will it be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.
“I hope there will be clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. In football you do not know when a clarification comes. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants it best if it happens as soon as possible, but in football things take time. It depends on Daniel Levy, and another club has to come. Or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract.”
He went on to state that it would have to be a ‘step-up’ to Tottenham, before revealing that he did not know if Real Madrid had made a move for him yet.
“There are not many points that Tottenham cannot meet. If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up,” he added. “It’s a step up. But it requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.”
Spurs cannot simply hold out hope that Eriksen will be prepared to sit down and negotiate a new contract with them after these latest comments, whilst it would be highly doubtable to see the club meet his demands. Levy must now consider selling the £76.5million-rated ace (Transfermarkt) before losing him for nothing next summer.
As good as the Dane has been for us over the years, you cannot help but feel the 27-year-old has not given his all this season and has blown rather hot and cold over the last 12 months – sometimes appearing anonymous when he is needed the most.
As much as it will be disappointing to see him leave north London, getting a large transfer fee for him would not necessarily be the end of the world as, we would like to think, Mauricio Pochettino will then have significant funds to find a replacement.