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Christian Eriksen is close to agreeing a new £22.9million Tottenham contract, Football Insider sources understand.
The attacking midfielder is ready to 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 nearly 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 has scored four goals and supplied nine assists in 22 Premier League matches this season for the second-placed team.
The 23-year-old, 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.”
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