Christian Eriksen insists he has no regrets about pushing for Tottenham exit


Christian Eriksen has claimed he has no regrets about signalling his desire to leave Tottenham this summer.

Speculation has surrounded the 27-year-old’s future after he announced in June that he was “at a place in my career where I might want to try something new”.

Real Madrid headed up the list of potential suitors but Eriksen stayed put in north London as Spurs failed to receive a single approach.

But despite the lack of interest from other clubs, the Dane has denied he made a wrong decision in pushing for a move.

“No it wasn’t but it is football and you never know what happens in football and many things always come into play,” Eriksen told Ekstra Bladet .

Eriksen has stayed at Spurs but says he ‘wasn’t wrong’ to push for a move

“I wish I could decide just as in the Football Manager [game] but unfortunately I can’t.

“I don’t read much of what is written. And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year. But it’s clear that it’s been a little more violent this year because my contract is about to expire.

“I know a lot of people are interested in where to play. That’s the way it is. This is how it is in a top club if you have done well. There will always be rumours.”

He scored in Spurs’ north London derby draw with Arsenal on Sunday

Eriksen has already entered the last year of his contract at Spurs, and must now decide whether to remain at the club or see out the remainder of his deal.

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Should he decide to depart Tottenham, he could enter into pre-contract negotiations with new clubs from January, and can leave on a free transfer next summer.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino previously admitted he was concerned about Eriksen leaving the club, but said it would be business as usual once the deadline had passed.

It is likely the Dane will now stay at Spurs until at least the end of the season

Pochettino said “I was a little bit worried about the situation, because we knew very well what was going on.

“I am optimistic, happy. What is most important is to all be on the same page, with the club.

“That players have a clear idea where we want to arrive and how we want to move, clear minds like today, Christian and different players.

“Tomorrow they’re only going to be focused on Tottenham , not on thinking about different things that make management so difficult.”

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Defender Jan Vertonghen was also linked with a deadline day switch, but slammed the Premier League’s decision to close the transfer window early, which he feels was unsettling for players.

Vertonghen said: “England made that decision, expecting all the other leagues would follow. In the end they didn’t. Or not yet.

“That’s definitely no benefit for the Premier League. I’m not sure about what can change but it would be good if everyone was on the same page with it.”





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