By Alex Taylor
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Christian Eriksen may have a suffered a dip in form after speculation mounted surrounding his future at White Hart Lane.
Eriksen, 24, signed a new four-year deal deal in north London earlier this month, said to be worth £75,000 per-week.
The Denmark International had been in talks over a new deal for well over a year and boss Pochettino believes it could have affected his performances.
Talking in the Evening Standard, Pochettino said, “Perhaps subconsciously, the speculation can affect you when you are in the process of negotiating your future.
“It is not about money. It’s about your future. Sometimes it is difficult but we trust Christian, he is happy to stay and there is no doubt he will improve his performance in the future. If the club give him a better contract, it is because he deserves it.”
Pochettino’s talisman scored just eight goals last term, his worst return yet in a Tottenham shirt. He arrived at Spurs in 2013 and has scored 30 goals and provided 33 assists in 134 matches for his team.
The new deal comes as last season’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is believed to be in talks to improve his own personal terms with the Club.
The Mirror claim Kane, who notched 28 goals in all competitions last term, is in line to become the Club’s highest paid player.
The striker is Tottenham’s chief attacking threat but has suffered poor form himself throughout his reported contract negotiations, and has now not scored in his last 10 competitive games.
In other Tottenham team news, Moussa Sissoko is in contention to make his Spur’s debut on Saturday at the expense of Erik Lamela.