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Christian Eriksen has reached an agreement in principle with Tottenham over a new £22.9million contract, Football Insider sources understand.
The attacking midfielder, who scored the 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.
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.
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.
Speaking last month about the possibility of a new deal, Eriksen told Danish broadcaster TV 3 Sport: “We are talking [about a contract], so it is coming, yes. Well, it looks positive.”
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.