Christian Eriksen has voiced his frustration at being unable to control his future after failing to secure a transfer away from Tottenham Hotspur.
The Danish playmaker admitted he wanted a new challenge but, despite reported interest from Real Madrid, he remains a Spurs player following the close of the European transfer window.
Why did Eriksen stay at Spurs? Five key things to know…
- Eriksen went into the summer window having just one year left on his Tottenham contract.
- In June he revealed a departure was a possibility amid rumoured interest from Real Madrid.
- Manchester United were also linked but Eriksen stayed at Spurs beyond the English deadline.
- And Madrid appeared to opt against making a move for him before the European window closed.
- Eriksen will now remain a Tottenham player until January at the earliest.
With just one year left on his contract, Eriksen was expected to depart Tottenham before the window closed after six years in north London.
But after discovering his fate on deadline day, the 27-year-old has said he does not regret voicing his desire to leave despite effectively being forced to stay at Spurs until January at the earliest.
“I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can’t,” he told Ekstra Bladet while on international duty with Denmark.
“No, it wasn’t [wrong to talk about leaving]. But it is football and you never know what happens in football. Many things always come into play.
“For me it’s not hard to clear my head. I don’t read much of what is written. And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year.
“But it’s clear that it’s been a little more intensive this year because my contract is about to expire.
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“There has been a lot of talk about me. I have to be honest and say that all that writing is not something that bothers me. At all.”
Eriksen’s future has been the source of much speculation. Asked if he can understand why so much has been written about him, the former Ajax player says the rumours are result of him doing well for Spurs.
He added: “Yes, I understand that well. I know a lot of people are interested in where I play. That’s the way it is.
“This is how it is in a top club if you have done well. There will always be rumours.”
After scoring his first goal of the season against Arsenal on Sunday, Eriksen will be hoping to add to his 50 Premier League goals before potentially discussing pre-contract terms with foreign clubs in January.