Christian Eriksen intends to fend off any Tottenham attempts to sell him in January as he holds out for a free transfer next summer, Football Insider understands.
The Denmark international, 27, is set to dig his heels in over Spurs’ plans to take advantage of the last window in which they can secure a transfer fee for him.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Eriksen wants to be master of his own destiny and has no intention of being pushed out of the club.
The playmaker and his representatives have agreed a strategy in which he sees out the contract that expires at the end of the season unless he gets an offer he can’t refuse in January.
Eriksen believes he can attract far more enticing contract offers from elite clubs if they do not have to pay a transfer fee for him.
He had his heart set on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer but they did not bid for him, although they could change tack next summer when he is a free agent.
Tottenham were quoting an extraordinary £140million price for the attacking midfielder at the end of last season, although that fee plummeted as the summer wore on.
Nevertheless, Eriksen is regarded as one of the team’s superstars along with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min even though the latter two have been far more effective this season.
Since joining Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, the Dane has scored 67 goals and supplied 87 assists in 289 matches for the club.
He has struggled to reach those heights this season amid growing criticism from supporters who have long held him in huge esteem.
In 12 appearances in all competitions, he has scored one goal and supplied just one assist and lost his previous ‘untouchable’ status in the side.