Danny Mills claims Jose Mourinho will tell Tottenham star Christian Eriksen his performances this season could earn him a big move from the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that discussions with the Danish international may be a little different to those with other Spurs players.
Eriksen is joined by the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in having a contract which expires at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Mills says that the promise of success may turn the defenders’ heads into penning new deals but that things may not be so simple with the attacking midfielder’s future.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think what he’s done is put the ball in Eriksen’s court. I imagine the conversation with the likes of Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Danny Rose will have been: ‘Look, I’m here, I’m here for two-and-a-half years. We’re going to work hard and have a great chance of winning something.
“‘You’ve got a choice. You can buy into that, you can come on this journey with me and you can be a huge part of it and be massively successful, if you do well for me, you’ll get new contracts. If you don’t, feel free to go.’
“It’ll be very black and white. With Eriksen there’ll be a slight caveat in saying: ‘If you want to leave at the end of the season, that’s fine, but if you work your socks off and you play incredibly well for me, you’ll play. If you do that, you’ll get a much better deal when you come to leave as well.'”
Eriksen had been in and out of the side under former manager Mauricio Pochettino, with eight of his 14 appearances coming in the starting XI.
The Dane has been on the bench for both of Mourinho’s first games in charge, although he came on before the half-hour mark against Olympiakos on Tuesday evening.
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