By Alex Taylor
Christian Eriksen has been left out of Denmark’s squad for the Olympic Games, according to a report.
The International Business Times claim the 24-year-old creative midfielder will not travel as part of his national team’s squad to the tournament, which runs in Rio from 4 August to 20 August.
It is said Eriksen could have been selected as one of three over-23 players in Niels Frederiksen’s roster, but has not been included after the Danish Football Association consulted clubs across the continent over the availability of their players.
He he been selected, the former Ajax player would have missed all of Tottenham’s pre-season programme as well as his side’s opening game of the season away at Everton.
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.
Football Insider revealed in February that the talisman had reached an agreement in principle on a new five-year deal worth £22.9million.
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, Spurs target Franco Vazquez has joined Sevilla for a reported £12.5million.