EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent says that it is “massive” that Christian Eriksen has remained at Tottenham and tipped Daniel Levy to avoid cashing in on a sale to a European club without having a replacement in place.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England hitman says that the Danish ace could be like a new signing after remaining at the club past the end of the English transfer deadline.

However, with European teams still able to buy and sell players, and with Eriksen linked with a move to the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus, there is still a possibility he could leave this summer.

Bent insists that Spurs chairman Levy will not be willing to let Eriksen depart without already having a quality option to take his place, with Phillipe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala both linked with a move to north London.

Bent told Football Insider: “It’s massive that he (Eriksen) is still there. That’s almost like a new signing, now you think to yourself if they let him go, who do they bring in?

“Now me knowing Daniel Levy like I do, I can’t really see him letting someone like Christian Eriksen, someone of his quality, go without having someone to replace him. 

“Maybe if they got a Coutinho or a Dybala in, then they probably would have done it but they can’t do anything because the window’s shut.”

Levy gave the green light over four signings this summer, with Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke, who returned to Leeds on a season-long loan, joined by deadline day arrivals Ryan Sessegnon and Gio Lo Celso.

The Lilywhites kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, Eriksen coming off the bench to pick up his first minutes of the season.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that he expects one of the club’s most senior stars to be unhappy behind the scenes.