Danny Mills is convinced the “exceptional” Christian Eriksen won’t play for Tottenham again after revealing his bombshell exit plan.
The Spurs playmaker went public with his desire to quit to the Danish media last week and namechecked Real Madrid as a potential stepping stone in his career.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Mills claims the revelation was a calculated move from Eriksen, 27, to put pressure on the north Londoners to sell him while, at the same time, keeping the door ajar in case the Real switch falls through.
He also believes it is possibly the right time for all parties to sever an association that began when he signed from Ajax in the summer of 2013 for around £10million.
“As a player, you can get a little bit stale when you’ve been at one club a long time,” Mills told Football Insider. “You need a fresh challenge, and that’s probably the case with Eriksen.
“He is a top player, an exceptional talent and he will want to win things. He will be thinking, ‘can Tottenham win the Premier League and the Champions League next season?’ Probably not.
“If the interest from Real Madrid is as genuine as it seems, it appears he has played his last Spurs match. Tottenham and Daniel Levy won’t make it easy for him, but he will have a price and, if Real pay it, he will go.”
Eriksen has been a star man for Tottenham, making 51 appearances last season and 277 in total for the club.
He is widely regarded as one of the outstanding playmakers in Europe and is valued by Spurs at £140million even though he is about to enter the final year of his contract.