By London correpondent Tony Hughes
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Christian Eriksen is ready to snub Tottenham’s contract offer and quit the club, according to his agent.
The 24-year-old playmaker has been in contract talks with Spurs since the turn of the year but has not yet put pen to paper.
Football Insider revealed in February that Eriksen had reached an agreement in principle on a new five-year deal worth £22.9million.
The attacking midfielder, whose current deal expires in 2018, had indicated to the club he would commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2021.
However, the contract has remained unsigned and the Denmark international’s representative Martin Schoots has claimed that Britain’s decision to leave the EU has changed Eriksen’s situation.
“In a situation like this, I’d take my client away from Tottenham.”
Britain’s decision to leave the EU could have dire consequences for Premier League clubs.
The free movement of players allows European talent to flood into the country without visa restrictions.
Eriksen has established himself as a key figure at White Hart Lane during his three seasons at the club.
The Denmark international started 30 of the team’s 35 Premier League matches in the recently completed domestic season and scored six goals and supplied 12 assists.
Spurs have previously cashed in on their prized assets, such as Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, but manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep the current squad together and develop a youthful and hugely promising group of players.
Other than simply keeping the squad together for Pochettino, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is well aware that the likes of Eriksen, Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela and Hugo Lloris will be more valuable if they are tied to longer contracts.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has used one word to describe the potential of the youthful Spurs squad.