Danny Mills suggested Jose Mourinho may have told Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen he can exit in January if the price is right.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England defender shared based on Spurs not announcing a new deal for Eriksen then it seemed likely Mourinho would approve the midfielder’s exit.
The Danish international is believed to have told his Spurs manager of his plans to leave the club either at the end of his contract in the summer, or in January but Mourinho has insisted he won’t reveal details of their private talks publicly.
The Tottenham manager insisted after the 2-2 draw with Norwich that he’ll only reveal the details of his chat with Eriksen to his boss.
Mills shared that based on this, he feels Mourinho may grant Eriksen’s exit in January and hold onto him until the summer if the right offer doesn’t come along.
When asked whether Mourinho not revealing the nature of his talks with Eriksen means an exit is more likely, Mills told Football Insider: “I think when Mourinho first came in, he said he needs to speak to the players, I need to find out what they want.
“And I think he said it about Eriksen, ‘I need to understand what’s in the player’s head’, so maybe they’ve now had that conversation.
“And it may be a case of if the money is right in January, you can go, if not, you’re staying till the summer, Mourinho may not want to hang him out to dry just yet.
“We’ve seen that happen before so he doesn’t want to say the player wants to leave in case the deal isn’t right in January, and he has to hang around for three or four months at the football club.
“He might need him in important games, but clearly they’ve had the conversation and spoken, I’d assume if it was a contract to stay, that would have come out and been spoke about a lot quicker.
“I’m going to guess and surmise that if the price is right in January, you can go, if not then you have to wait until summer.”
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has played 22 times across all competitions this season, scoring three goals and registering three assists in the process.
Eriksen joined Spurs in 2013 from Dutch side Ajax and he has played 299 times for the North London club.
In other Tottenham news, Robinson suggests that one senior player is “not enjoying” his role under Mourinho.