Date: 8th June 2019 at 11:52am
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Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen could have a “gentleman’s agreement” with chairman Daniel Levy over leaving the club this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggests that there may well have been talks behind the scenes in north London between the player and the senior figures at the club, with the Danish international having confirmed in public that he is looking for a new challenge after six years at Spurs.

Speaking of the attacking maestro, Whelan says that Real Madrid, who have long been linked as the front runners for his signing, are hard to turn down and that Levy may well have agreed to sell this summer after Eriksen’s years of service.

He told Football Insider: “Maybe there is an agreement. He’s been at Tottenham a long time now so maybe he’s had a conversation with chairman and manager and feels he wants to try something different. 

“When a Real Madrid comes up, it’s very difficult to turn that down. As a manager as well, despite wanting to keep players – look at Eden Hazard, a great servant for Chelsea but now the time has come that he needs a change.

“If the interest is true from Real Madrid then it’s going to be very hard as a player to turn down and not want to go to a club with that kind of stature. The way he’s gone about it his job at Tottenham and his service that he’s given the club, maybe there’s that gentleman’s agreement that we can’t stop you from giving it a shot at Real Madrid.”

Eriksen has 277 appearances under his belt for Tottenham with 51 of those coming during the 2018/19 season, a campaign in which he scored 10 and assisted 17 goals across all competitions.

Real Madrid have already got their summer transfer business underway with deals for Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard confirmed.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED Spurs’ hunt for a top English talent has stalled due to uncertainty in north London.