By Dominic Toner
Mauricio Pochettino has stepped into Christian Eriksen’s contract dispute with Tottenham to urge the player to sign a new contract, according to a report.
TalkSport claim that the Tottenham manager has intervened to solve issues surrounding Eriksen’s contract negotiations.
It is said that Pochettino stepped in to accelerate the ongoing talks after growing concerned that the issues were distracting the midfielder.
The report states that Eriksen, 24, is close to signing a new four-year deal at White Hart Lane, worth around £70,000 a week, which will keep him at Tottenham until 2020 and extend his current commitment by two years.
Eriksen currently earns around £35,000 a week while Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele are all paid around double that amount.
The attacking midfielder has begun all three of the club’s opening league games this season and has continued to be a major component of Pochettino’s side.
The Argentinian manager has bolstered his midfield options this summer by adding pairing Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou on deadline day.
Eriksen will now face stiffer competition to retain his starting spot, in which he operates on the left hand side of a three-man attack with Dele Alli and Erik Lamela.
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.
Spurs are undefeated at the start of the Premier League, with one win and two draws from their opening games.
In other Tottenham team news, Lamela axed in Pochettino’s best possible line up after the window.