By Tom Blackburn
Christian Eriksen’s agent has laughed off “funny rumours” that his client is demanding a £118,000-a-week pay rise to stay at Tottenham.
The Mirror claimed on Friday night that the 24-year-old has reached a contract stalemate with the north London club due to him demanding £150,000-a-week.
It is said that Spurs are hoping to extend the Denmark international’s £32,000-a-week contract, which still has two-years left to run, but he was holding out for a 370 per cent pay rise that would hand him a deal worth almost five times his current package.
However, Eriksen’s representative Martin Schoots dismissed the figures as laughable and said that financial gain had never been the principal motivation for the player throughout his career.
“The only thing that I can say is that if money were the most important thing, Christian would not have gone to Ajax at the first place,” Schoots told the London Evening Standard. “At the time, he was 16, we were in contact with clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea and AC Milan.
“And if money were the most important thing, he wouldn’t have joined Tottenham three years ago. He had interest from some of the richest clubs in the world.
“But Tottenham were the only club he wanted to join, and he is happy.
“In the eight-and-a-half years that I have worked with Chris, we never made any comments on contract negotiations and we will not make any exception on this, not even confronted by some funny internet rumours.”
The former Ajax player moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 for a £12.5million fee.
He played a key role in helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League last season, scoring eight goals and providing 16 assists in his 47 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
It was also claimed that the stalemate had alerted long-term admirers Juventus, who have been watching developments, while Inter Milan are also said to be interested.
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