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Christian Eriksen has confirmed he will sign a new Tottenham contract after being convinced by the club’s ambitions.
Football Insider revealed last week that Eriksen had reached an agreement in principle on a new deal worth £22.9million.
The attacking midfielder, who scored a dramatic winning goal against Manchester City on Sunday, has indicated to the club he will commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2021.
Speaking to the media after Sunday’s triumph, Eriksen said: “We’re still talking about the contract. It’s all positive. I think everyone can see that I can fulfil my ambitions here.”
Eriksen’s current £60,000-a-week agreement has two-and-a-half years left but Spurs are keen to reward his status as one of the team’s most important players.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that talks have been taking place for months about an extension and all parties are now confident that an agreement is in place.
Eriksen was the subject of strong interest from Manchester United last summer but Spurs had no desire to cash in on a player who has been key to their resurgence under Mauricio Pochettino.
He celebrated his 24th birthday by scoring his fifth Premier League goal of the season on Sunday when he scored the 82nd minute winner for Spurs in their 2-1 triumph at City. Eriksen has also weighed in with nine assists in the competition for the second-placed Premier League team.
Eriksen is confident Spurs have achieved a good balance between defence and attack.
He said: “We need to be really sharp and continue what we’re doing. We have a lot of good players, even on the bench. The players we brought on are top, top quality and the ones who are not playing are still doing a really good job.
“We always believe in scoring goals. We are relaxed. We know when we need to go forward and when we need to stay calm.”
The Denmark international, who was recently crowned Danish Player of the Year for a record third consecutive year, signed a five-year contract when he arrived from Ajax for £10million in the summer of 2013.
In other Tottenham news, Sky pundit Jamie Carragher has claimed Pochettino’s managerial performance this season will go down as the greatest in Premier League history if Spurs go on to win the title.