Pochettino says five words about Tottenham contract stalemate that will appease fans
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his confidence that Christian Eriksen will sign a new Tottenham contract.
The Spurs manager claims it is “just a question of time” in the club’s bid to tie down their Danish playmaker to an extended deal.
The Mirror claimed last Friday that the 24-year-old has reached a contract stalemate with the north London club due to him demanding £150,000-a-week, which would represent an eyewatering £118,000-a-week rise on his current £32,000-a-week deal.
Speaking on Thursday about Eriksen’s situation ahead of Tottenham’s weekend clash against Crystal Palace, Pochettino offered a response to the stalemate that will encourage fans eager for the key man to commit long term to the club.
“We are happy with him and he’s very happy here,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Mirror. “We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. He has two years more (on his contract), he’s happy here.
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“It’s just a question of time to agree a new contract.”
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Juventus and Inter are keeping an eye on proceedings should the Denmark international push for a move from White Hart Lane.
It is said Juventus have long had Eriksen on their radar and would be willing to vastly increase his current salary, while newly-appointed Inter manager Frank de Boer is a big fan of attacking midfielder after working with him during their time at Ajax.
Eriksen, who has two years remaining on his current contract, posted a response to reports about his supposed contract demands on Saturday night.
Speaking on his personal Twitter account, Eriksen urged fans not to “believe everything you read on the Internet” accompanied by a thinking emoji.
Not the result we wanted! But still one point and great support from the fans????
And dont believe everyting u read on the internet ????????#coys
— Christian Eriksen (@ChrisEriksen8) August 13, 2016
The former Ajax player moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 for a £12.5million fee.
He played a key role in helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League last season, scoring eight goals and providing 16 assists in his 47 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
It is unlikely that the Argentine manager will be keen for one of his star players leave the club, as he looks to progress on their third place finish from the last campaign.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are on the verge of striking two new deals.