Date: 14th August 2019 at 6:07am
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It is no secret that Christian Eriksen is looking to move on from Tottenham.

The Danish international admitted just four days after Spurs’ Champions League final loss to Liverpool to the Telegraph that he is eager for a new challenge in the game, but as we all know, a move away from Tottenham is yet to materialise.

Despite reports from BBC Sport claiming that Manchester United were in talks with Eriksen, the Dane feature the opening game of the Premier League season for Spurs, and now the Daily Mail report that the north London side are set to offer the 27-year-old playmaker a bumper contract worth £200,000-a-week to keep him at Tottenham.

Of course, a wage increase of nearly double of what you currently earn seems like a logical way to keep a player at a club, but Eriksen’s reasoning for wanting to leave Spurs seemingly appears not to be financially motivated, but one based on success and silverware, something he is yet to experience in England.

Although Tottenham have made incredible progress under Mauricio Pochettino in the previous seasons with the club consecutively finishing in the Premier League top-four and reaching a Champions League final, trophies are yet to come since the Argentine’s arrival, and for Eriksen, his desire to win trophies is evident in his previous comments.

The Danish playmaker has expressed to the likes of the Daily Star and the Independent that he wants to win silverware during his time at Spurs, but after defeat in a Champions League final as well as losing in the likes of the FA Cup semi-final and League Cup semi-final in previous years, Eriksen’s comments about his willingness to leave the club is a sign that he wants to win silverware in his career, something he might never achieve with Pochettino.

Eriksen has been an outstanding servant for Spurs ever since joining in the great spending spree of 2013, but after six years at the club, zero trophies and some of Europe’s biggest sides eyeing him up, the Danish international is ready to move on from Tottenham despite the money being offered for him to stay.

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5 Replies to “Opinion: Offering Christian Eriksen bumper wage increase isn’t the solution to retain him”

  • Save for the EPL Cup and the Champions League Cup, Silverware is vastly over-rated as a motivator. I believe that if Eriksen is going to stay, Spurs need to offer him a 4-5 year contract so he can finish his career at Tottenham without another move,

  • If he had bothered to turn up for the Champion’s League final,then he may well have won some silverware.
    He certainly didn’t play like a man determined to win!!

    • Disagree on this note – its an angry outburst of a fellow Spurs fan, understandable, but not to be condoned. I agree on a disappointing CL final – but it was not just Sen, it was the whole team, Poch needs to take the rap, matched only by an even poorer effort by Pool – though they still won a mediocre, anti-climax of a final – perhaps justice, as they were better over the season. Nevertheless, consistent top 4 in the last 4 years and a CL final run represents the best of Spurs in the EPL era and a step up from the horrors of 90s and naughties. Eriksen has been the most important part of it, with due respect to Kane (one of our own).
      Lets put into context, if he lasts this season he is all set to be the highest Spurs assister ever. At 60 assists he matches Beckham, plus he has 49 goals. He runs ever so hard every match, he plays more than any other Spurs players – he will be more impactful with better quality around him (N’dombele, Lo Celso + DSK of DESK), and if he is rotated to be fitter and fresher. We forget how much he pulled for us last year – when we had no business getting to wherever we got to – given WC fatigue and record injuries and lack of depth.

  • Eriksen is very important to Spurs challenging for titles, aka silverware. Keep Eriksen, and the team has strengthened with Lo Celso and Ndombele. Allow Eriksen to walk, and we lack the ace player capable of unlocking defences with his vision and passing between lines – witness us struggling with Ndombele versus a well organized Villa defence.
    Eriksen himself understands Spurs is close to a breakthrough and he can write himself into legend here. I believe, given a good contract, he will stay. The only weakness is Real Madrid, which appears to be a club he has romanticised – probably a latent desire to walk on the footsteps of Modric to a ballon d’or. But Madrid has liquidity issues – and are chasing Pogba/Neymar. So there is a decent chance to retain him. At 250k per week, he will cost us only 62.5 million over 5 years. Levy-Poch and others like Kane and Lloris need to pitch in and make this happen.

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